Pavel Gershtein – Projekte

Kostroma gubernski Symphony Orchestra.
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor – Pavel Gershtein

the organizers of the tour program will consider all suggestions for guest soloists and musical works. The conductor  will consider any proposals from the organizer of the tour conserning other soloists.

1. „Two genius – the famous and the forgotten“
The Program:
Part I:
S. Prokofiev. Symphony-Concertante for Cello and Orchestra e-moll, Op.125
Part II:
N. Myaskovsky. Symphony №25 Des-Dur, op. 69
Soloists: winners of international competitions, faculty of Moscow State Conservatory of P.I. Tchaikovsky: Alexander Buzlov or Honored Artist of Russia Alexander Knyazev.

This program will include the works of two great contemporaries Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Myaskovsky. Once back in the conservatory years they developed a strong friendship that lasted throughout their lives. They certainly showed each other their new creations, shared their views and listened to each other’s advice. However, they were as different from each other as their music. Nowadays, the name of Sergei Prokofiev has in a way eclipsed the name of his senior colleague – Nikolay Myaskovsky, whose music is rarely performed and the music which we have yet to discover for ourselves. In this program will be performed two late works of these great geniuses of the XX century.

2. „Prokofiev and Myaskovsky: Revolution and Tradition“
The Program:
Part I:
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto №2 g-moll, op. 16
Part II:
N. Myaskovsky. Symphony №25 Des-Dur, op. 69
Soloists – winners of international competitions: Konstantin Shamrai (Moscow, Sydney) or Eugene Brahman (Nizhniy Novgorod) or Alexander Yakovlev (Germany) or Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory of P.I. Tchaikovsky and Boston University Pavel Nersesian.

Prokofiev and Myaskovsky. It is difficult to name two other musicians who would be connected by such a strong and lasting friendships. However, they were as different from each other as their music. The program will open with the Second Piano Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev – a revolutionary composition, innovative, which marveled the public with its novelty musical language of sound and daring tones. In the second part will sound the Symphony №25 which is one of the last compositions of Nikolai Myaskovsky, a great follower of Russian symphonic traditions.

3. „Confession at point of no return“
I version of the program:
Part I:
S. Rachmaninov. Concert for piano with orchestra №4 g-moll, op. 40
Part II:
P.I. Tchaikovsky. Symphony №6 h-moll, op. 74 “Pathetique“
Soloists – winners of international competitions: Eugene Brahman (Nizhniy Novgorod) or Alexander Gindin (Moscow)

The concert program includes the later writings of famous Russian composers. The concert will open with the fourth piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff, The composer worked on this concerto in the United States in the years when he was detached from his homeland. After a long eight-year pause he tried to resume his creative work in a foreign land. The concert will continue with a „Pathetique“ Symphony by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a kind of „Requiem“ to himself. It was first performed just a few days before his death, the Russian composer considered this symphony to be his „best and most sincere creature.“

II version of the program:
Part I:
S. Rachmaninov. Concerto for piano with orchestra №3 g-moll, op. 30
Part II:
P.I. Tchaikovsky. Symphony №6 h-moll, op. 74 “Pathetique”

Soloists – winners of international competitions: Eugene Brahman (Nizhniy Novgorod) or Alexander Gindin (Moscow) or Philip Kopachevskii (Moscow) or Remy Geniet (Paris) or Alexander Kobrin (Russia-USA) or Boris Berezovsky.

The concert program includes the later writings of famous Russian composers. The concert will open with the Third piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff, in which the composer turns to the everlasting themes of his homeland, the people and the human life and death. The concert will continue with a „Pathetique“ Symphony by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a kind of „Requiem“ to himself. It was first performed just a few days before his death, the Russian composer considered this symphony to be his „best and most sincere creature.“

4. „Music of the unconquered“

I version of the program:

The Program:
Part I:
I. Schwartz. Waltz „Wild Dog Dingo“
D. Shostakovich. Concerto for cello and orchestra №1 Es-dur op. 107
Part II:
I. Schwartz. Concerto for Orchestra in 7 parts „Yellow Star (Feast of Purim in the ghetto)“
Soloist – Honored Artist of Russia, soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society Alexander Knyazev or the winner of the International Competition Tchaikovsky Competition ARD, Alexander Buzlov

The program includes a first cello concerto of one of the greatest symphony composers of the twentieth century, Dmitri Shostakovich, who for many years of his life led a covert war with totalitarianism. Neither the famous critical article in the newspaper “Pravda”, nor the Communist Party of Bolsheviks coming to power could shatter his beliefs. This composition is devoted to its first performer, to Mstislav Rostropovich.
The concert will continue with a work of a student of Shostakovich – Isaac Schwartz – Concerto for Orchestra „Yellow Star“. The design of this work came after acquaintance with documentary materials – notes of a prisoner of Kovno ghetto who miraculously survived. Since 2008, conductor Pavel Gershtein is the owner of a unique right for the performance of this concert.

II version of the program „Music of the unconquered“
Part I
D. Shostakovich. Concerto for violin with orchestra №1 a-moll, op.77/99

Part II:
I. Schwartz. Concerto for Orchestra in 7 parts „Yellow Star (Feast of Purim in the ghetto)“
Soloist – winners of international competitions: Alyona Baeva (Russia – Luxemburg)  or Ilya Gringolts (Russia – Switzerland) or Nicholas Sachenko (Moscow).

The program includes the First violin concerto of one of the greatest symphony composers of the twentieth century, Dmitri Shostakovich, who for many years of his life led a covert war with totalitarianism. Neither the famous critical article in the newspaper “Pravda”, nor the Communist Party of Bolsheviks coming to power could shatter his beliefs. Shostakovich composed his first violin concerto in 1948. In this concerto he expresses the mind set of that era “the darkness of the 20th century” in a way that only he could. This concerto was dedicated to an outstanding violinist David Oistrah.
The concert will continue with a work of a student of Shostakovich – Isaac Schwartz – Concerto for Orchestra „Yellow Star“. The design of this work came after acquaintance with documentary materials – notes of a prisoner of Kovno ghetto who miraculously survived. Since 2008, conductor Pavel Gershtein is the owner of a unique right for the performance of this concert.

5. „Listen! Russian fairy tale sounds … „
The Program:
Part I:
M.P. Mussorgsky. Symphonic Fantasy „Night on Bald Mountain“ (or M.I. Glinka. Overture to the opera „Ruslan and Ludmila“).
Rodion Shchedrin. Concerto for piano with orchestra №1
Part II:
I.F. Stravinsky. Suite for orchestra from the ballet „The Firebird“, 1919 edition.
Soloists: Eugene Brahman or Alexei Volodin (Russia – Spain).

The listeners of this program will be able to plunge into the world of Russian folklore. The program will include the Symphonic Fantasy „Night on Bald Mountain“ by Modest Mussorgsky and Suite for orchestra from the ballet „The Firebird“, created by Igor Stravinsky based on folk tales specifically for the „Russian Seasons“ in Paris. The concert will continue with the First Piano Concerto of a modern Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, imbued with folk sounds.

6. „From the sax to the farce“
The Program:
Part I:
Y. Demerssman. Fantasia on an Original Theme (version for saxophone and orchestra by Y. Sherling)
Y. Sherling. Concerto №1 for alto saxophone and orchestra
J. Van Hughes. „Polka Dots“
Part II:
I. Stravinsky. Suite from the ballet „Petrushka“ (revised 1947)
Soloist: Matvei Sherling (saxophone, Moscow)
In the first part of the concert will perform a gifted young musician, equally fluent in both classical and jazz repertoire, winner of the highest award of the International Television Competition for Young Musicians “The Nutcracker” Matvei Sherling. In this program will sound a composition written especially for Matvei by his father Yuri Sherling – Concerto №1 for alto saxophone and orchestra. In the second part will be offered to the audience an orchestral suite by Igor Stravinsky from the ballet „Petrushka,“ which is set in Russia during folk Shrovetide festivities.

7. „Europe in Russian“
The Program:
N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov. „Capriccio Espagnol“ op. 34
P.I. Tchaikovsky. Concerto for violin with orchestra D-Dur op.35
P.I. Tchaikovsky. Suite for Orchestra №3 G-Dur op.55
Soloists – winners of international competitions: Alyona Baeva (Russia – Luxemburg) or Ilya Gringolts (Russia- Switzerland) or Nicholas Sachenko (Moscow).

European countries have repeatedly been the inspiration of the works of Russian composers, and each of them has always been passionate about his vision of Spain, prim England, and refined France. The concert program will include works by Russian composers whose images were inspired by the culture of European countries, „Capriccio Espagnol“ by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, conceived and composed in Switzerland, Violin Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, as well as his Orchestral Suite №3, the final variation is crowned Polonaise – a certain show of respect to the culture of Poland.

Program with a chamber orchestra:
8. „The memory of Tchaikovsky“

The Program:
P.I. Tchaikovsky. Three Pieces for Violin and Chamber Orchestra of the series „Memories of a  dear place,“ op. 42: Meditation, Scherzo, Melody.
P.I. Tchaikovsky. „Melancholy Serenade“, „Russian Dance“ from the ballet „Swan Lake“ Waltz-scherzo op.34.
P.I. Tchaikovsky. “Souvenir de Florence” op. 70- orchestral version for String Sextet (or Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra)
Soloists – winners of international competitions: Alyona Baeva (Russia – Luxemburg)  or Ilya Gringolts (Russia – Switzerland) or Graf Murzha (Moscow).
In 2015 marks 175 years since the birth of the great Russian musician Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The name of the composer, educator, social activist and music journalist is a symbol of Russian culture, his works have been heard in the best theaters and concert halls of the world. In the present concert will be performed works by Tchaikovsky for violin and chamber orchestra which have long gained popularity with both performers and listeners.

9. „Sadness and joy of the country of Noah“
The Program:
E. Mirzoyan. Poem-epitaph in memory of A. Khachaturian „Shushanik“ Symphony for Strings and Timpani.
S. Shakaryan. Armenian dances, poems in memory of Komitas, „Harun“ („Spring“)
T.Dodohyan-S.Shakaryan. „Swallow“
S. Shakaryan. French retro Quintet
S. Shakaryan. „On the waves of blues“

The concert program includes works by Armenian composers of the twentieth century. Listeners will be presented with two sides of the Armenian culture: with serious, dramatic music and jazz. The first part will be devoted to the work of Edward Mirzoyan – author of the poem-epitaph in memory of Khachaturian, lyrical paintings „Shushanik“ and one of the most famous works – Symphony for string orchestra with timpani. In the second part will be presented to the audience the music of a student of Khachaturian – Stepan Shakaryan. Along with the music „French retro quintet“ the audience will be able to plunge into the atmosphere of Paris: hear the voice of Edith Piaf, sing along with Yves Montano, and of course, to visit the cabaret of Folies Berger.