Zagreb Philharmonic international performance in Ljubljana

time: 29.11.2012. - 30.11.2012.
place: Ljubljana, Slovenia
organiser: Cankarjev dom
The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will play in two concerts in the regular Slovenian Philharmonic season on Thursday, 29 November and on Friday, 30 November in Ljubljana.

The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by the world renowned maestro – one of today’s greatest conductors Dmitrij Kitajenko, while the Russian artist Alexander Rudin will show his cello mastery to the Slovenian audiences in the solo piece.

Alexander Rudin studied conducting with Dmitrij Kitajenko at the Moscow Conservatory. However, in this concert Rudin will return to his „musical roots“ – as a solo cellist, under the baton of his esteemed teacher maestro Kitajenko. Alexander Rudin teaches at the Moscow Conservatory. He is the laureate of the State Award, the laureate of the Moscow Government Award, President of the „Musical Assembly“ Charity Foundation and Artistic  Director and conductor of the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra. For his musical achievements and merits in culture he was pronounced the Honoured Performer of Russia.

The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will present themselves to the Ljubljana audiences with pieces by L. van Beethoven, J. Haydn and R. Strauss. The concert will start with the Symphony No. 5  in C Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven – a piece which gained an almost mythical significance after the initial lack of success. The four movements of the symphony exhibit regular and arranged structure, nevertheless being surprisingly spontaneous and moving, gradually leading the listener to „the world of infinity“ – as the writer E. T. A. Hoffman put it.

Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major by J. Haydn will follow. This piece was written at the transition of the baroque into the classicism; the conjunction of the musical influences from both epochs giving its musical form a special charm radiating the spirit of the change. The three concerto movements expose the soloist to the utmost, technically and musically. Beside virtuose cadences, the piece contains the real challenges for the performer’s temperament – the cellist must follow the character changes – which begin with the solemn to pass to the melancholy, all the way to the humorous. As such, the piece is indeed a challenge for any cellist, and we are of the opinion that Alexander Rudin will successfully meet it masterfully. This Haydn’s piece significantly made the otherwise modest cello concert repertory rich, thus being considered one of the most important pieces of the classical music literature.

This concert evening will culminate in the performance of one of the most successful music and stage works, the suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, a comic opera in which the composer emphasizes the walz melodies which permeate the whole piece.
(Source: ZF)

(D.H., 28.11.2012)