October 22, 2003
Ever check out the score of Rach 3?
It features some of the blackest pages in all of the piano
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Boris Berezovsky, piano
November 5 & 6 at 8 PM / November 8 at 7:30 PM Roy
Toronto, Ontario – Remember the movie "Shine"? There
is a scene that featured young David Helfgott in a piano lesson with his
teacher, Cyril Smith (played memorably by Sir John Gielgud). Smith
rhapsodizes about "glorious, big…fat… chords!…" while Helfgott struggles
through the score of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. It is this
work that is one of the very hardest concerti to play, and features some of
the blackest pages in the piano repertoire, so densely packed they are with
notes. Thomas Dausgaard conducts with Boris Berezovsky at the
piano; Ravel’s La Valse (November 5 & 6 only) and Sibelius’
Symphony No. 2 round out the concerts. This is the second of three
concerts with Russian-themed concerts; the last takes place November
12/13/15 with Christian Tetzlaff performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was completed as a
major composition which the composer would "show off" in New York in 1909
during his first concert tour of the States. He wrote the work in the peace
of his family's country estate, Ivanovka, and it was completed on September
23, 1909. Due to time constraints, Rachmaninoff was unable to practise it on
an actual keyboard in Russia and had to do it on a silent keyboard during
his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on board a ship. The concerto was
dedicated to Joseph Hofmann, considered by Rachmaninoff to be the greatest
pianist of the day. Unfortunately, Hofmann did not play the work in his
lifetime. The Third Concerto was premiered on November 28, 1909, with
Rachmaninoff himself at the keyboard, joined by the Symphony Society of New
York at the New Theatre, New York, under Walter Damrosch.
On January 16, 1910, he repeated the Third at Carnegie Hall with the New
York Philharmonic under Gustav Mahler. It was reported
that both great musicians had great respect and admiration for each other.
Boris Berezovsky, winner of the 1990 International
Tchaikovsky Competition, was born in Moscow in 1969 and had his first piano
lesson at the age of five. He later studied with Elizabeth Wirzaladze at the
Moscow State Conservatoire and privately with Alexander Satz. In 1988 Boris
Berezovsky made his London debut in a recital at the Wigmore Hall. The
London Times described him as "an artist of exceptional promise." This
promise was realized when he won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow in 1990. Nothing like a huge competition win to get
things rolling: London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg,
Amsterdam, Montreal, Bern, Budapest and Tokyo is just a partial list of the
cities this pianist has conquered. He made his United States debut with a
recital in Fort Worth Texas, where the Dallas Morning News reported: "This
was important playing. What Berezovsky did and how he saw the music was
totally unexpected. It is something new or even something being reborn in
piano playing." Boris Berezovsky has an exclusive recording contract with
Teldec Classics and so far has led to solo discs of Chopin, Schumann,
Rachmaninoff and Ravel, together with concertos by Rachmaninoff,
Tchaikovsky, and Liszt.
The November 6 concert is part of the CBC Radio Two Live!
series; the November 6 concert will be presented live on CBC Radio Two 94.1.
November 5 sponsored by: Pricewaterhouse Coopers. November 6 sponsored by:
Ceridian Canada Ltd.
Tickets: $98, $77, $65, $32.
Call the Roy Thomson Hall box office at 416 593 4828.
Mon-Fri, 9-8. Sat, 12-5. Sun, 2 hrs prior to concert start.
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