Nikolai Aleksejev

February 27, 2015 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the NAUTIMUS series

Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994). Cello Concerto (1970)
Sergey Rakhmaninov (1873–1943). Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 (1936)

Natalia Gutman (cello)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Sergey Rakhmaninov has said: “I am a Russian composer, and the land of my birth has inevitably influenced my temperament and outlook. My music is the product of my temperament, and so it is Russian music.” In the most authentic way this pristine and genuine Russian quality is expressed in his Third Symphony, written in the United States, far away from the composer’s native country. The work has been compared with a journey into the depths of the human soul and heart.

Cellist Natalia Gutman will perform the Cello Concerto by the Polish composer Witold Lutosłavski (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich). Born in Kazan, Natalia Gutman graduated from the Moscow Conservatory as a student of Rostropovich. Her career took off in 1967, when she received the First Prize at the Munich ARD Competition. By the age of 25, she had won prizes in five international competitions and started performing with the world’s top orchestras under the baton of the best conductors, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Jevgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Sergiu Celibidache and Kurt Masur among others. In 1969, she started performing with her late husband, violinist Oleg Kagan, a couple of years later she also started her cooperation with ENSO. With Kagan, she performed in Tallinn under Nikolai Rabinovich, in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto, which became their breakthrough work. Besides the world classics, Gutman’s repertoire has always had an important place for contemporary music, the works by Schnittke, Pärt, Gubaidulina and Lutosławski among others. She last performed as a soloist in front of ENSO in 2012 with the conductor Andres Mustonen, receiving an excellent reception for Schnittke’s Cello Concerto.

The concert is conducted by Nikolai Alexeev, the former principal conductor of ENSO and the conductor of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.


 sweet&aromatic  OPERA GALA. Conductor IGOR TOMASHEVSKY. 23.01.2015
 soft&fruity  RAKHMANINOV’S THIRD. Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV. 27.02.2015
 light&fresh  KULLERVO. Conductor ARVO VOLMER. 20.03.2015
 fullbodied@spicy  Final Concert of the Season. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI. 14.05.2015

Series  tickets 52,80 € / 38,40 €* on sale until 23.01.2015.
Series tickets can be purchased through PILETILEVI or at the box office at Estonia Concert Hall.
Single tickets 22 € / 16 €.
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