Tatiana Vasillyeva, cello – Viktor Tretyakov, violin – Svetlanova Orchestra – Stanislav Kochanovsky, conductor – March 16, 2014 –
Over to Svetlanov Hall in Moscow this week for a concert by the then-newly renamed State Academy of Music of Russia Orchestra to simply the Svetlanova Orchestra, conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky and featuring Tatiana Vasillyeva, cello and Viktor Tretyakov, violin in music of Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev. It was all recorded live on March 16, 2014 by Orpheus Radio (formerly Radio Moscow) and broadcast about a month later.
Opening the program with a performance of the 2nd Shostakovich cello concerto with Tatiana Vasillyeva as soloist, followed by the Russian Easter Overture (renamed “Bright Holiday” in the gist translation) and concluding with the Prokofiev 2nd Violin Concerto with Viktor Tretyakov, violin.
A pretty spirited performance which gives the limiters at the studio control room a bit of a workout (oh well . . ), but nice to hear what Russian orchestras are up to these days.
From Radio Orpheus’ Program notes:
Tatiana Vasillyeva was born in Novosibirsk. At the age of six she began to learn to play the cello, in 1989-1995 she studied at the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory (class of M. Zhuravleva). During her studies she became a laureate of the youth competition. PI Tchaikovsky in Moscow (1992), and soon the famous ARD competition in Munich (1994). She continued her studies at the Munich Higher School of Music, and then at the postgraduate study at the Berlin Higher School of Music named after G. Eisler in the class of Professor David Geringas.
The cellist gained international recognition after winning the 2001 Mstislav Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris. Tatiana became the first Russian performer to receive the highest award – the Grand Prix – in the history of the competition. She received the French Victoire de la Musique prize in the category “Foreign Performer – Discovery of the Year” and the Russian Youth Prize Triumph (2005).
Since that time, Tatiana Vasillyeva has performed with world-famous orchestras and outstanding conductors of our time, participates in prestigious international festivals, and also leads an active concert career as a chamber music performer. She performed with such bright stars of world music as K. Abbado, P. Badura-Skoda, Y. Bashmet, M. Vengerov, E. Kisin, G. Kremer, D. Matsuev, J.-F. Neuburger, M. Rostropovich, V. Spivakov, A. Tamesty, G. Kapuson, V. Tretyakov and others.
Tatiana plays the 1725 Antonio Stradivari cello, generously donated to her by the French company LVMH.
Viktor Tretyakov, without exaggeration, can be called one of the symbols of the Russian violin school. Excellent mastery of the instrument, incredible stage energy and deep penetration into the style of the performed works – all these qualities characteristic of a violinist have attracted a huge number of music lovers all over the world for many years.
Having started his musical education at the Irkutsk School of Music, and then continued it at the Central Music School, Viktor Tretyakov completed it brilliantly at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of the legendary teacher Yuri Yankelevich.
In 1966, Viktor Tretyakov became a laureate of the 1st prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. From this time, the violinist’s brilliant concert activity began. With constant success he performs all over the world both as a soloist and in an ensemble with many outstanding conductors and musicians of our time, participates in many international festivals.
The geography of his tours covers the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavian countries and Latin America. The violinist’s repertoire is based on violin concertos of the 19th century (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Tchaikovsky); his interpretations of works of the twentieth century, primarily by Shostakovich and Prokofiev, are recognized as exemplary in Russian performing practice.
Viktor Tretyakov manifests himself in a variety of creative activities: for example, from 1983 to 1991 he headed the USSR State Chamber Orchestra, becoming a follower of the legendary Rudolf Barshai as artistic director. Viktor Tretyakov successfully combines concert performances with teaching and social activities.
Enjoy the concert.