Sunday, 3 February 2013

Upcoming Weinberg celebration in Hamburg

The Russisches Kammermusikfest Hamburg has announced pianist Elisaveta Blumina as their artistic director for this year's festival, held August-September. As you may be aware, Blumina has played a pivotal role in several excellent Weinberg recordings. As a result, the festival this year will be a focus on Weinberg's music. Here's a description:

'Russisches Kammermusikfest Hamburg

The special charm of Russian chamber music is the freshness and inspiration of Russian composers. In the 19th and 20th century Russian music reflects the influence of Russian folk songs, Russian literature and fairy tales, but also European classical music.

These countless nuances of Russian chamber music enrich this unique
national music festival in Hamburg. Hamburg is not only a sister city of St. Petersburg for over 55 years, but also has many cultural and economic ties with the rest of Russia.
The festival is being held for the fourth year.

For this year's festival, the pianist Elisaveta Blumina takes the helm as Artistic Director.
Elisaveta Blumina was born in Leningrad. She studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, and later went on to study with Evgeny Korolev at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Since then, Hamburg has become her second home and starting point for her international career.

This year, the festival will focus on the composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996).
M. Weinberg is well known in the world of music. Shostakovich referred to Weinberg as being "one of the greatest composers of our time". A great artist with a fascinating original talent, Weinberg covered a wide spectrum of creative interests. In his lifetime he composed twenty-two symphonies, two sinfoniettas, four chamber symphonies, seven operas, four operettas, three ballets, seventeen string quartets, five concertos, music for numerous films and cartoons, and many theater productions.
Alongside Weinberg, there will be performances of further great composers such as Rachmaninov, Arensky, Silvestrov, Borodin, Medtner, Podgaiz, Gavrilin, Gliere, Davydov and many others.

We wish for you to enjoy the interesting concerts, great music, and meeting and listening to many world-renowned musicians.'

Here's a link for the website, which will be announcing concert and ticket details soon: Link

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