Classics III Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams
January 21 - January 22, 2012
Great Expressions of Russian Romanticism
Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor - Martina Filjak, Piano
Mesmerizing melodies and gentle romantic expressions evoked by Tchaikovsky’s first symphony and concerto passionately expressed by pianist Martina Filak.
Invoking tranquil wintry images, Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, “Winter Dreams,” unfolds with a dreamy quality that is mesmerizing in its gentleness and melodic flow. The lovely main theme, first heard on the oboe, is one of the composer’s most attractive creations from his early career. Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, composed later in his life, stands as one of the great expressions of Russian Romanticism in music. Its melodiousness, colorful instrumentation and brilliant writing for the solo instrument are passionately expressed by the enchanting pianist Martina Filjak. Stravinsky’s Greeting Prelude sends a delightfully witty birthday wish.
Igor Stravinsky - Greeting Prelude (after C.F. Summy's Happy Birthday)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, “Winter Dreams” - Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23
Martina Filjak, Piano
Winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Filjak is not only garnering international praise for her poetic passion and galvanizing strength at the keyboard, but also for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence. An extremely experienced performer, she has already soloed with some of the world's greatest orchestras in the most prestigious halls around the world.