ALEXEEV & DOGADIN
4th concert of the VIOLIN CONCERTO series
Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a ~15’
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 ~35’
Dmitri Shostakovich / Rudolf Barshai
Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a ~25’
SERGEI DOGADIN violin
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Russian classics will be performed under the direction of Nikolai Alexeev, the long-time chief conductor of ERSO. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, his Violin Concerto, will be performed by violinist Sergei Dogadin, the winner of the latest Tchaikovsky Competition. The violin soloist, who has been pursuing a very successful international career for many years and is now 32 years old, first visited Estonia when he performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto here with the Nordic Symphony Orchestra and conductor Anu Tali at the young age of 11. His collaboration with ERSO began seven years later, when the orchestra’s then chief conductor Nikolai Alexeev invited him to replace the legendary Viktor Tretyakov as the soloist of the final concert of the ERSO season. The last time Dogadin and Alexeev performed on the stage of the Estonia Concert Hall was in the autumn of 2019 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic – a concert that music lovers repeatedly highlighted as one of the best concert experiences of the year.
In the second half of the concert, Dmitri Shostakovich’s music will be performed in the arrangement by Russian conductor and violinist Rudolf Barshai. As a great admirer of Shostakovich’s and Prokofiev’s works, Barshai has made numerous arrangements for the orchestra of their works, including five of Shostakovich’s string quartets, which in the new version are called chamber symphonies. Chamber Symphony in C minor (Op. 110a) is an orchestral arrangement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8. The piece begins with the composer’s musical symbolic motif and contains numerous references to his earlier work.
Shostakovich had close ties with Roman Matsov, the former chief conductor of ERSO, and it was under Matsov’s leadership that this chamber symphony has been repeatedly performed by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. ERSO’s collaboration with Rudolf Barshai, who has repeatedly performed with the local orchestra as both a soloist and conductor, must also be highlighted.
VIOLIN CONCERTO CONCERT SERIES
presented by Epiim
I: SEASON OPENING CONCERT, 11.09.2020
SERGEY KHACHATRYAN violin, ERSO, conductor OLARI ELTS
II: SIBELIUS 155, 6.11.2020
SIMONE LAMSMA violin, ERSO, conductor OLARI ELTS
III: ESTER MÄGI 99, 8.01.2021
ERSO chamber ensembles
IV: ALEXEEV & DOGADIN, 19.02.2021
SERGEI DOGADIN violin, ERSO, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Series ticket (four concerts): 74 € / 59 €*.