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NOSPR / Su-Han Yang / Ewa Tracz - NOSPR

NOSPR / Su-Han Yang / Ewa Tracz

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Conductor
Su-Han Yang
Performers
Ewa Tracz – soprano
Marcin Majchrowski – comment
Program
Reinhold Glière
Concerto in F minor for coloratura soprano and orchestra, Op. 82
Modest Musorgsky
Pictures from an Exhibition (instr. Maurice Ravel)

Reinhold Glière, born in Kiev, a son of a Polish mother and a German instruments maker, at least one generation younger than Mussorgsky but unlike him never quite convinced of any new trends in music. In Moscow Conservatoire, where he was Prokofiev’s teacher, he believed in sheer craftsmanship in composition and preached conservatism in style. However a Concerto for a soprano  written in 1943 is a real surprise with a choice of a solo ‘instrument’. An idea of music for a voice with no lyrics to sing was not a novelty though (in Russian music Rachmaninov had tried it in his famous Vocalise), but Glière used the voice in a much bigger piece – two-part, perfectly planned, dramaturgic concerto which is full of references to Tchaikovsky and Wagner. Mussorgsky’s ten miniatures inspired by an exhibition of watercolours and drawings by Victor Hartmann, a prematurely died friend of his,  is in a way an antonym of Glière’s composition. There is no human voice here, and yet Pictures at an Exhibition – even in an original piano version – enchants the listeners with a non-existent troubadour’s song, wordless quarrel of children in a Tuileries Garden in Paris and echos grandeur of Boris Godunov in the final The Great Gate of Kiev. It is worth listening carefully to Ravel’s brilliant orchestration of this masterpiece from 1922 – it is one of dozens of arrangements – the first one being an incomplete version dating back to 1886 by Mikhail Tushmalov, a conductor, first performed under Rimski-Korsakov in 1891. 

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