31. 10. 2017

Türingen Allgemeine (Ursula Mielke)

A Wealth of Color during two German Premieres Performed by the Staatskapelle Weimar

The Staatskapelle Weimar gave its concertgoers an ecstatic listening experience, performing works by Shchedrin and Ravel.

Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar Foto: Thomas Müller
Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar Foto: Thomas Müller

The fact that Rodion Shchedrin, less known hereabouts, is forging his own path as a pianist and composer, making use of many stylistic impressions, was demonstrated by his Piano Concerto [No. 4], which the Belgrade-borne pianist Anika Vavic interpreted excellently. The level of authenticity was extraordinarily high, for the artist, who lives in Vienna, studied the sophisticated solo part under the composer’s supervision. Delicate sculptures, in the sense of tension-filled ciphers, open the work, borne aloft by a dense string sound. The prelude-like, occasionally rhapsodic search, during which soloist and orchestra animate and revitalize each other, broadens into a grand movement of the entire resounding body. Anika Vavic mastered the enormous virtuoso challenges of her part, all the way to the sarcastic and seemingly sly cadenza.

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Translation: Alexa Nieschlag

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