ABOUT THE PROGRAM
"Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia’s performances—alone, with orchestra, and in chamber music—have garnered accolades around the world, and the list of conductors he has worked with is a veritable Who’s Who. Critics everywhere have commented on his perfect technique and extraordinarily burnished tone, but perhaps what is most remarkable about him is the uniquely personal vision of everything he plays. There is never a note without a deeper intent behind it. Prokofiev’s headlong Third Piano Concerto, one of the hardest and most exhilarating in the repertory, will, for many, be their dazzling introduction to this major musician whom we are fortunate to have as a resident of Boston.
This exceptionally beautiful program will open with Glinka’s roof-raising overture to his opera Ruslan and Lyudmila"
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila - 6 minutes
Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 - 30 minutes
- Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 was completed in 1921. Fragments of it were begun in 1913.
- The piece premiered on December 16, 1921, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Sergei Prokofiev performing the piano solo.
- New England Conservatory piano faculty member Alexander Korsantia joins the BPYO as soloist. His previous performance of this piece with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra garnered critical acclaim:
"Korsantia shone brightest in the variations of the second movement. But throughout, from the fiery first movement to the haunting third, he played with the sensitivity of a chamber musician. The orchestra, under Zander’s guide, wrapped Korsantia in silvery sheets of sound."
-Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathétique - 45 minutes
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final symphony, his Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pathétique, was completed in 1893.
- Originally titled "The Passionate Symphony," in Russian Pateticheskaya, which means "passionate" or "emotional." This title was (mis-)translated into French as pathétique.
- When composing Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother about the symphony:
"I am now wholly occupied with the new work ... and it is hard for me to tear myself away from it. I believe it comes into being as the best of my works. I must finish it as soon as possible, for I have to wind up a lot of affairs and I must soon go to London. I told you that I had completed a Symphony which suddenly displeased me, and I tore it up. Now I have composed a new symphony which I certainly shall not tear up."
All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.