SINAISKY & RACHMANINOV
4th concert of the ROMANTICISM series
Cello Concerto No. 1 28′
Symphony No. 2 56′
MARCEL JOHANNES KITS cello
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor VASSILY SINAISKY
The programme, which is fully dedicated to Russian music, will include Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich, which was written with the extraordinary abilities of Mstislav Rostropovich in mind, as well as Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninov, which is full of ‘Russian soul’, which we know from the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
The performance of Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich earned Marcel Johannes Kits the first place among 53 cellists at the international George Enescu Competition in Bucharest last season. According to the soloist, in the concerto that requires absolute mastery over the instrument, militarism and grotesquery are contradicted with distress and loneliness. ‘The composer has skilfully used the best features of the cello, and the composer especially likes to put the cellists to the test with double notes.’ Marcel Johannes Kits, who became known after winning the TV competition Classical Stars, has also won first place at the Estonian String Players Competition (2015) and earned two special prizes at the Brahms Competition in Austria (2016). After studying at the Trossingen University of Music, he is currently continuing his education in the cello class of Professor Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts.
One of the most renowned Russian conductors, Vassily Sinaisky, who is continuing the traditions of Ilya Musin and Kirill Kondrashin, will once again perform with ENSO after a decades-long break. He is especially appreciated as an interpreter of Russian, German, and English music. Sinaisky won the Karajan competition in Berlin in 1973 and he has been the principal conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, as well as the long-time guest principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. His contribution as an opera conductor has also been important, including his co-operation with the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, where he was also the artistic director and principal conductor.
ROMANTICISM concert series
I: JÄRVI & HEMSING, October 11, 2019
Ragnhild Hemsing violin, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
II: DVOŘÁK & RACHMANINOV, January 24, 2020
Winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2019 (cello), ENSO, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
III: BRUCKNER’S EIGHTH, February 28, 2020
MIHKEL POLL piano, ENSO, conductor MIHHAIL GERTS
IV: SINAISKY & RACHMANINOV, March 26, 2020
MARCEL JOHANNES KITS cello, ENSO, conductor VASSILY SINAISKY
Tickets for the concert series (four concerts): €74/€59
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