Lars Vogt piano
Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra
Valentin Uryupin Conductor
When the Russian composer Vladimir Tarnopolski was commissioned in 2017 to write a new work with ties to Beethoven, he evidently sought out one of the master’s lyrical creations. His choice fell on the Fourth Piano Concerto, and the result is Be@thoven – Invocation. Besides lyrical opulence, Tarnopolski also touches on Beethoven’s deafness, the restriction of his aural faculty to the low registers. After Tarnopolski’s Invocation, we hear the Fourth Piano Concerto in a different way. Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ was premièred in St Petersburg under his baton in 1893, just a few days before his death. Characteristically, it ends with an unusual slow finale resembling a Requiem. Tchaikovsky, in his own words, ’put his entire soul’ in this symphony. This evening the conductor is Valentin Uryupin, who has likewise headed musicAeterna, the orchestra of Perm Opera, since 2011. A lovely coincidence to mark the end our March Festival and its two broadly conceived interlocking cycles of concerts.