Orchestra “Davai” 7th Concert

This is the information for the Orchestra Davai 7th concert.
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Orchestra Davai 7th Concert
Date: August 11, 2013, 13:00~ (Open at 12:50)
@ Yokohama Minatomirai Large Hall, Yokohama, Japan

Borodin: “Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens” and “Polovtsian Dances” from Opera “Prince Igor”
Kalinnikov: Symphony No.1
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances.

Conductor: Shinji MORIGUCHI

Supported by Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan and Russian Federation cultural exchange agency.

The program of this concert is consists of the pieces that should be called the royal road of Russian music due to the popularity or the Russian characteristics thereof.

As a first, we play the Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens” and “Polovtsian Dances” from Opera “Prince Igor” by Borodin. This opera is based on the epic poem “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” that mentions the historical fact of medieval Russia. Prince Igor on a campaign against the Polovtsy and their Khans has lost the battele and captured. The “Polovtsian Dances” is the dance to entertain Igora as a prisoner. This draw attractively the beautiful melodies full of exotic and heroic and wild dances of Polovtsian.

The below is a ballet video of the “Polovtsian Dances”.

The second is the Symphony No. 1 of genius composer Kalinnikov who died young. This piece is full of enthusiasm and-Russian nostalgia that is made full use of coloristic orchestration and beautiful melodies by genius melody maker comparable to Tchaikovsky. It is guaranteed that your heartstrings will be strummed directly, if you listen. It was said as “hidden masterpiece in Russia” in past times. But, the name recognition of it has gone up recently enough to say that it is a masterpiece representing Russia. Listen to this piece on this occasion if not know yet.

The main is the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninov. Episodes such as the following were introduced in the essay “Russia stormy today” by Mari Yonehara.
Rostropovich is a typical Russians enough to be recognized as “Russians in the Russian” by Shostakovich. As you know, he was in exile from the Soviet Union. When he were drinking vodka with Yonehara after certain concert, he said “Even if I am arrested as soon as cross-border example, I want to step on the soil of the motherland” with a bitter look.
Prokofiev who had been “exile” similarly, but was supposed to return home after all, had said Foreign air does not suit my inspiration, because I’m Russian, Never harmful about exile”.
Rachmaninov also in exile to avoid the confusion of the Russian Revolution, and he was dreaming to return to his homeland, Russia, having an intense nostalgia for Russia as well. But, he passed away without having set foot in the motherland unfortunately.

How the movie a little while ago, Rachmaninov that went into exile in the United States in “Song of Love with Rachmaninov” is falling into a state mentally unstable from nostalgia to the homeland and frustrated composer activity does not progress was being drawn .

In a movie “Lilacs” released in a little before, Rachmaninov who went into exile in the United States, how Rachmaninov falling into state mentally unstable due to a nostalgia to the homeland and a frustration by no progress in composition activity was being drawn.

Symphonic Dances is the last work of such Rachmaninov.

This is characterized by a beautiful melody, which is the true value of Rachmaninov and dynamic rhythm, but also full of painful nostalgia for Russia, on the other hand. In this piece, the the subject of the Symphony No. 1 (representative piece of his younger days) is incorporated, “Dies Irae” which means death was used in the final movement. And at the climax, the blessing of God is represented by using Alleluia of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Incorporate also the subject of the Symphony No. 1, was used “(Day of Wrath) Dies Irae” Gregorian chant, which means death in the final movement, which represents the blessing of God in the Alleluia of the Russian Orthodox Church in the climax. Rachmaninov himself may have considered this piece as the culmination of his life as a composer.

Thus, this concert fully convey the charm of Russia. Do not miss it!

I’ll give a free invitation tickets if you are interested in this concert. Do not hesitate to contact me!

This concert is also introduced below.


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