Special Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Special Concert
Evgeny Kissin, photo: Sheila Rock

The moving, stirring Requiem for Larysa by Valentyn Sylvestrov (b. 1937), which touches the tenderest strings of human sensibility, is dedicated to the composer’s wife, Larysa Bondarenko, who died in 1996. The score contains many quotations from Sylvestrov’s earlier works, in the preparation and performance of which his wife took part. The ‘Tuba mirum’ is based on notes from his First Symphony, and in the fourth movement, entitled Прощай світе, прощай земле… (‘Farewell world, farewell earth…’), we hear, instead of the Latin text, Sylvestrov’s setting of Taras Shevchenko’s poetical phrases familiar from Silent Songs. The sort of summary of the creative output of this most recognisable Ukrainian composer that is present in the Requiem results from the fact that it was supposed to have been his last composition; happily, that intention was ultimately abandoned.

Sergei Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 30 will be performed by Evgeny Kissin. One of the most difficult and most phenomenal works in the genre, it is neoromantic in style. It was written in 1909, in Dresden, and first performed in New York that same year. It was not until the thirties that it became popular, but it remains at the top of the list of challenges for the most ambitious performers.

Jan Lech