Friday 5 July 2013

Hamburg Russian Chamber Music Festival, 28th August - 25th September

I've already promoted this upcoming festival in Hamburg, but the full programme for the festival has now been released. This year, they take the music of Weinberg as their main focus.

From their website:

"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."

Elisaveta Blumina, Artistic Director

Weinberg enthusiasts can expect to hear the following works:

Four Preludes for cello solo (Ivan Monighetti, 28th August)

Children's notebooks, Op. 16 & 19
Sonata no. 1, for piano  Op. 5              (Elisaveta Blumina, 1st September)

String Quartet No. 8, Op. 66 (Atrium Quartet, 13th September)

Piano Trio, Op. 24 (Ljudmila Minnibaeva [Violin] Bettina Barbara Bertsch [Cello] Tinatin Gambashidze [Piano], 15th September)

Sonata No. 1, for cello and piano, Op. 21 (David Grigorian [Cello] and Ludmilla Lissovaja [Piano], 20th September)

Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op. 28
12 miniatures for flute and piano, Op. 29 (Elisaveta Blumina [piano], Hans Udo Heinzmann [Flute] and Tibor Reman [Clarinet], 25th September).


Any readers interested, do visit the festival website:
 Festival website

And, if you're lucky enough to go, do let me know your experiences after the festival!

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