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About the Concert
THE DIVINE POEM
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 8PM / Lotte Concert Hall
Mikhail Agrest, conductor
Dmitry Masleev, piano
Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Scriabin, Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 43 'The Divine Poem'
When Scriabin set out to write his Third Symphony, he imagined that he was the creator of the Universe itself. Everything about “The Divine Poem” is astonishing, from the enormous orchestra, to the galactic ambition of Scriabin’s inspiration – music that he described as “ecstatic”, “drunken” and even “divine”! It sounds incredible live, and as a veteran of St Petersburg’s famous Mariinsky Theatre, conductor Mikhail Agrest has this huge score (and Borodin’s tuneful miniature) at his fingertips. And the same goes for Dmitri Masleev – winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition – in Rachmaninoff’s hugely popular Second Piano Concerto. You probably already know it, but we don’t think you’ll have heard it played with quite this kind of virtuosity and insight.
Scion of the great Russian conducting tradition, Mikhail Agrest has honed his craft at the Mariinsky Theatre for over a decade, acquiring a considerable body of operatic and symphonic repertoire and gaining crucial insights into orchestra development and artistic leadership. Simultaneously, he forged meaningful artistic relationships with a numb...
The triumphant winner of the latest International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015), Dmitry Masleev took the First Prize and the international spotlight with wholehearted support from the audience, the jury, and the media. In his first touring season Mr. Masleev made a series of successful debuts, establishing his world-wide audience and developing...