Conductor: Bojan Sudžić
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
M. GLINKA: Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila
G. BOJČEVSKI: Balkan portraits (Goran Bojčevski, clarinet; Tomaž Marčič, accordion; Nino Mureškič, percussion; Jaka Pucihar, piano)
S. RACHMANINOFF: Piano concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
The concert programme begins with the overture from the second opera by Mikhail Glinka, the father of the Russian national style and the model for the celebrated “Mighty Handful” of nineteenth-century Russian composers, also known as “The Five”. Balkan Portraits is a suite by Goran Bojčevksi, a multi-instrumentalist of Macedonian origin who now lives in Celje, Slovenia. Bojčevksi completed postgraduate studies in clarinet at Salzburg’s Mozarteum and also shows a special talent as a composer. Rachmaninov’s colossal Piano Concerto No 3 is considered one of the most demanding works in the piano repertoire. Its powerful and dense musical material demands constant intense activity from the pianist, the highest level of technical skill and concentration, and a wide range of expression. Denis Matsuev’s recording with the Mariinsky Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev earned five stars in the prestigious BBC Music Magazine. Matsuev, one of the brightest stars in the piano firmament, is also linked to the figure of Rachmaninov through his role (since 2008) as artistic director of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation, founded by the composer’s grandson Alexander Rachmaninoff. Under the aegis of the Foundation he has performed and recorded little-known Rachmaninov works on the composer’s own piano at Villa Senar near Lake Lucerne. The RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Bojan Sudjić, who last year celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of his career and is Serbia’s leading conductor.
*Simultaneous purchases of tickets for Denis Matsuev (4 or 5 July) and Simon Trpčevski qualify for a 20% discount.
**Simultaneous purchases of tickets for Denis Matsuev (4 and 5 July) and Simon Trpčevski qualify for a 30% discount.