The legendary St. Petersburg Philharmonic, considered the best symphonic training of Russia, returns to Canary Islands Music Festival four years after his last and sublime performance on the islands. They arrive with a staff of more than a hundred musicians, under the direction of the teacher Vassily Sinaisky, to interpret the Piano Concerto No. 1, of Tchaikovsky, and the Symphony No. 2, of Rachmaninov, an entirely Russian repertoire, in which the young American talent will participate as a soloist at the piano George Li.
The concerts will be this Wednesday, February 6 at the Auditorium of Tenerife, and on Thursday, the 7th at Alfredo Kraus, at 8:00 p.m. One hour before the usual introductory talk by the musician and disseminator will be offered Ricardo Ducatenzeiler. Tickets are available in www.festivaldecanarias.com (section Tickets and passes) and in the usual platforms of the capital auditoriums, as well as in their ticket offices.
The details of this new proposal were presented on Tuesday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with the assistance of the conductor of the orchestra, Vassily Sinaiksy, and the soloist George Li, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government, Aurelio González, and the festival director, Jorge Perdigón
For Pellet, this concert is "one of the most anticipated" since it brings together some of the best Russian works, one of the orchestras that best knows the repertoire and a soloist whose talent makes it orbit among the best classical music festivals. " he said, in Gran Canaria the tickets have already been sold out.
Sinaiksy He pointed out that the orchestra will perform "the best works of our favorite composers", and that "the Symphony No. 2 of RachmaninovIt is a piece "very deep because it is music that comes from the soul, it will tell about the life of the author and the Russian soul", and he hopes that it will excite because "it is full of color". He also referred to the complexity of these works, but is convinced that the talent of the soloist Li will allow the repertoire to be "fantastic and excite the audience".
The director of the St. Petersburg Orchestra also said he was aware of the quality of the Canary Islands International Music Festival, since they participated in it four years ago, as well as showing his satisfaction to share the stage with the pianist. George Li, which reflects the "seriousness of this event".
George LiFor his part, he expressed his emotion for participating in the concerts of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and that working with Vassily Sinaisky "is a privilege". Also, the young American described as "connection with the Russian soul" the meeting he had with the St. Petersburg Orchestra two years ago in Japan, so he is excited to meet them again.
The public of the islands had the opportunity to enjoy the excellence of this orchestra in 2015, on the occasion of the 32nd edition, then under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov, director who will not be able to accompany the orchestra this time due to a health problem. Four years ago, they filled the two auditoriums in the capital and picked up acclaimed ovations with the interpretation of pieces of Glinka, Glière, Mussorgski, Tchaikovsky, Ravel Y Rismoski-Korsakov, in two programs.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest in Russia, is rooted in the roots and history of its country. It is a unique formation with its own sound, which some call "Leningrad sound", a group that after its foundation by the Tsar Alejandro III in 1882, with the denomination of Imperial Musical Choir
Nothing less than Tchaikovsky directed her in 1893, at the premiere of her Symphony No. 6, and also Richard Strauss in 1912, as well as Arthur Nikisch, Alexander Glazunov Y Serge Koussevitsky. After the Russian revolution of 1917, the members of the orchestra decided to change the name of the formation in 1921 to that of State Philharmonic Orchestra of Petrograd. In the decade of the twenties of the last century began to receive support from the state and began to be recognized as a set of excellence, having as invited directors to Bruno Walter, Ernest Ansermet Y Hans Knappertsbusch, and again it would be renamed the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1934 it became the first formation of its country to be recognized as the Republic Orchestra and four years later, under the ownership of the mythical Yevgeny Mravinsky, would reach the rank of legendary, starring endless successful tours around the world. In the seventies, Mravinsky He fell ill on a tour and was replaced by two emerging young people: Mariss Jansosns Y Yuri Temirkanov. Several years later, the musicians chose the latter as the principal director and since then, it has been thirty years, he is holding the baton firmly.
Sinaisky and George Li
Now they come back, hand in hand Vassily Sinaisky, with which they arrive in the Canary Islands after being acclaimed at the Theater des Champs Elysees, in Paris, and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Born in Russia, he has held, among others, the position of director of the National Orchestra of Latvia, principal director of the Moscow Philharmonic, of the Bolshoi theater, director emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic or director of the Russian State Orchestra. Given his great experience he is regularly invited by groups from around the world.
As a counterpoint to so much tradition, the concert offers the presence of a young and creative talent at the piano of only 23 years, the American of Chinese origin George Li, multi-awarded in countless contests and that is incorporated into the list of interpreters backed by Valery Gergiev, the tsar of Marinskii Orchestra of Saint Petersburg.
The Washington Post he praises him, highlighting his combination of "amazing technical dexterity with a sense of control and depth of expression". Critics point out that he possesses a grace and balanced authority, "a brilliant virtuosity that goes way beyond his years." In addition to the technique, its distinctive tonal quality and exceptional musicality stand out, constantly recognized by the critics, reflected also by New York Times, International Piano Magazine, Toronto Star, The Boston Pheonix or The Boston Music Intelligencer.
Since he won the silver medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2015, Li has quickly gained an international reputation, so it is common to see him on stage with some of the most important directors of the current music scene, such as Gergiev, Dudamel, Haneck, Petrenko, Tilson Thomas or Lang Yu.
In 2016 he received a career scholarship from Avery Fisher; in 2017 signed a contract with the seal Warner Classics, releasing its first recording and receiving the award Arthur Waser for outstanding soloists and in 2018 picked up the prize Louis Sudler of the Arts.