Our real Petyechka / Настоящий “Петечка”

  Cadence. It’s a self-portrait. A Real “Forum”. Listen carefully. Especially the beautiful scene of fear (1.30 – 2.07), lushly written with a cinematic flare. It is very difficult to fully convey the whole picture on stage. This is qualitatively his confession – “I am wanting and wounded” sobbed out in gushes, lost in love…

Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F, BWV 1057: III. Allegro assai

This marvelous (otherwise difficult to characterize) fugue does not need comments. As to composition and performance there are three points. Firstly it is a fantastically entertaining display of virtuosity and an example of the highest level of technical complexity from the baroque era. Secondly, it exhibits not a subdued or subtle temperament, but fire instead….

Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F, BWV 1057: II. Andante

The first part is very visible and clearly music of the Outdoors, the external vs the internal. A picturesque live landscape. Reverence and reverent people. Flutes, Trills, Peace, Creation. Shepherds. Of course, it is the ” Bach Beam” of the Holy Spirit’s happiness and primitive purity. Bach’s ideas are as clear as crystal – Normal…

About infernal destructive power of stupidity / о глупости

Never ever underestimate infernal destructive power of stupidity. There is no such thing as “passive stupidity”. In any form, in any case, in any situation it causes pain and death. If you unfold the whole long logical chain of all bad things in our life, all evil on our planet. At the very end of…

Bach: Keyboard Concerto in E, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano + Night thoughts

There is an irony in the notion that what masks as “culture” actually manages, although reluctantly, to include as elemental the best part of humanity. The outward appearance of “culture” has evolved through the assumption and ultimate discarding of variously narrow nationalist identities – the European theatre was masked at one time or another variously as predominantly German, then conquered by Russian,…

Sergei Prokofiev: Suggestion Diabolique, Op. 4, No. 4

Young Prokofiev – a cheerful hooligan. The one that made furious all those conservative academics. Please do not confuse those academics with contemporary idiots from conservatoires of music. Although sometimes boring, those academics were decent people. Like, for example, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.                            …

A few words about Modest Mussorgsky.

  The story of Mussorgsky is indeed a tragedy. Not so much because of his difficult life and early death, but because of the resolute inability of people to understand and comprehend his work. People prefer music that is set out in a simple and accessible language, creating sounds that “caress the ear.” A deep…

Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio and III. Allegro

And then Bach structured everything according to his religious program: – “With many sorrows we must enter the Kingdom of God.” – “If we ascend to the highest heights, then descend downwards, finally turn to the outside world to find the truth of our inner souls, we will everywhere find the cross.” И тут у…

Rachmaninov: Prelude op. 23 no. 5 in G minor

Interview:  – In the original description the recording date and location were not included, so when was this recording made and where did you make it ? AG: EMI. In the Great hall of the Moscow conservatory. It was recorded in 1984, and was the only EMI recording made in Russia after the revolution It…

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor

Sergey Rachmaninoff (28 Nov. 1909) 109 years ago Premiere of the piano concerto no. 3 in d minor op. 30, in New York, USA, with Rachmaninov at the piano.   Возвращая потерянную 100 лет назад музыку. Первая часть третьего Рахманинова от 19.01.2017 из Pécs. Тут вас ожидают новые темпы, новые мысли, совершенно аутентичное “бездраматичное” развитие….

Handel: Suite No 7 in G minor – HWV 432

  Suite No 7 in G minor is the crown of Handel’s monumental talent. This music has been helping me a lot throughout all my life. It helps to overcome obstacles, survive adversity and not to lose faith in truth, beauty, and most important in humanity. As it is always happens with a masterpiece of…

Warm greetings to all! (En) (Es)

For 25 years I have been preparing the best and most original “product” – an unsurpassed philosophy of music, performance, new language, new tools for new knowledge, new horizons of discovery, new thoughts, new literature, new videos, new pedagogy, new performances, new sonic worlds, new aesthetics, new, unheard of depths of understanding of musical language,…

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G-minor. II Allegro scherzando.

After feasting with Rachmaninov at a rather scrumptious banquet of Asian tonicity, we may want to jump on a beautiful Horse in the French countryside , say, in the Bois de Boulogne? Having taken in the delicious French Zephyrs we might be tempted to sleep. And sleep well. But instead we choose our repose in…

Schubert: Impromptu in C minor Op. 90 No. 1

Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828)   It is extremely difficult to combine in performance courage, beauty and tenderness without disturbing the balance of these three basic features of the heart of a romantic idealist. Schubert came very close to that as throughout his life he had the courage to chant the…

UCM Club

  Dear potential friends, over the past three years there has been a complete reformatting, then, closing all of my FB accounts (there were three of them from 2008/2010 to 2016 – Russian, English, German). From this year we have a “closed community” which is partly presented here on FB. It was formed during previous…