Astana Opera concert to celebrate work of Russian composer Rachmaninoff

ASTANA – The Spring Waters concert dedicated to the 145th birthday of Russian pianist, composer and conductor of late Romantic period Sergei Rachmaninoff will take place at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Astana Opera Chamber Hall.

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According to the Astana Opera press service, laureate of international competitions Aizada Kaponova (soprano), Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Talgat Mussabayev (baritone), Honoured Artist of Kazakhstan Makpal Bekmagambetova (violin), laureates of international competitions Balzhan Saparova (flute) and Askar Mukanov (cello) will perform at the concert. Laureates of international competitions Raushan Beskembirova and Aikerim Yessimkhanova will play the piano.

Rachmaninoff’s compositional style is an expression of his individuality and originality. According to the conclusion of musicologists, it has no analogues in the world art. His work is permeated with love for the motherland, spirituality and the inviolability of ethical principles. Rachmaninoff’s rich heritage includes symphonies and symphonic poems, instrumental concerts, especially the famous piano pieces, as well as operas, suites, preludes and etudes.

Rachmaninoff’s romances enjoy special love of the audience. Listeners and musicians of Rachmaninoff’s work appreciate its sincerity, emotional openness, spontaneity of expression, brightness of melodic images and accuracy in conveying the mood of a poetic text. Being a brilliant pianist, the composer pays great attention to the rich and diverse piano part in the vocal lyricism. All this is fully reflected in the works that are included in the programme of the event.

Trio Élègiaque in D Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello “In Memory of a Great Artist”, dedicated to Tchaikovsky will represent the instrumental part of the concert. This work is characterised by its immense scale, which is unusual for the chamber genre, as well as the presence of improvisational elements, contrast and detailed dramaturgical concept.

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