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Symphony No 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony orchestra
Andrei Korsakov, violin
Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer and one of the
most outstanding composers in Europe, brought the national musical
culture to the world stage. His best compositions were written in
the concerto and symphony genres, like Violin Concerto, a number
of orchestral works .
Symphony No2 presents in perfect harmony most important features
of his artistic world: pastoral and landscape lyrics, some typical
devices of scherzo and drama. The orchestration appeals by its natural
way. It never becomes the end in itself but always continues the
very idea of music.
Sibelius’ long and happy life began with the dream of the career
of a solo violinist. It was as a student of violin that he entered
the Helsinki Musical Institute in 1885. Violin remained his love
for the rest of his life. Concerto for violin and orchestra became
the main work of the Finnish composer for the instrument. According
to Erik Tawastjerna, the author of a fundamental book on Sibelius,
"the composer was writing it for himself, or, to be more correct,
for a virtuoso he once had a dream to become". An entry in
Sibelius diary of 1915 says: "I dreamt that I had been twelve
and a virtuoso".
The composer achieved an ideal balance of the artistic and technical
sides in the concerto.
Valse Triste was written as a fragment from the music to the Arno
Jarnefelt’s drama "Death". It comes at a key episode of
the play. The principal character seems to see a ball where his
mother among other guests is dancing. The dance is fading away than
recommences until death comes to knock at the door. The play did
not outlive its time and Valse Triste is for a long time perceived
out of its context. The symphonic miniature sounds like a drama
of life and death with the emphasis on deep sorrow and melancholy
.not on the horror of death.
Vladimir Fedoseev was borh in Leningrad and studied
in Moscow at the Gnesins Academy of Music and then did postgraduate
studies at Moscow Conservatoire with Professor Leo Ginzburg. In
1971 he was invited by Evgeny Mravinsky to guest conduct the Leningrad
Philarmonic Orchestra. Since 1974 Vladimir Fedoseev has been working
as the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tchaikovsky
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra .He also collaborates with leading
orchestras in Europe including Zurich’s Tonhalle, Leipcig’s Gevandhaus,
Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Orchestra. In 1996 he was appointed
Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In
1997 Vladimir Fedoseev was appointed Chief Conductor of the Vienna
Symphony Orchestra. As a highly acclaimed operatic conductor Fedoseev
is a regular guest conductor at the Zurich Opera as well as Opera
Theatres in Milano, Paris, Vienna, Bologna, Florence…
In 1996 he was awarded the prestigious Russian Order for Services
to the Motherland and the same year he received from the Austrian
Republic the Silver Cross for his services to music in Austria.
He was also awarded the Golden Star of the honourable citizen of
Vienna and its territory in October 2002.
Soviet virtuoso violinist Andrei Korsakov ( 1946 - 1991) graduated
from the Moscow Conservatoire where he studied under the tutorship
of Prof. Belenky and Leonid Kogan. Prizewinner of the international
Paganini competition in Genova, the competition in Montreal, M.
Longue and J. Tibot Competition in Paris, the Queen Elizabeth Competition
in Brussels, and Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. People’s Artist
of the Russian Federation.
Korsakov’a technique could be compared with that of Heifitz. He
can do anything but it’s even more amazing that everything he does
goes with surprising equanimity and never with any pose. Telegraph.
Korsakov made quite a few recordings with Russian and European orchestras.
Total time: 77.11