For the first time with Kursk Philharmonic symphony orchestra Alexander Mitenev on a bandoneon will perform. Alexander - the winner of prestigious international musical contests and participant of the popular tango festivals.
General public in our country learned about this unique accordion's relative thanks to Alexander Mitenev. He became one of the first to perform chamber music in transcription for bandoneon. The basis of the repertoire of the musician - music of Astor Piazzolla, a famous composer who wrote for this unusual instrument.
Alexander Mitenev, musician: "We all in our studentship dreamed and thought about tango, the great Astor Piazzolla. Everyone knew that he was such a great writer, but we did not know how to approach his music and bandoneon. I was lucky. I touched bandoneon for the first time in Stockholm, where one German sailor appeared one day in 2005. I bought it immediately as soon as I saw it, spending all the money earned over the summer playing on the streets."
Today Alexander Mitenev performs on the best concert venues in the country and the world. In our city musician was expected for three years.
Elena Spasskaya, artistic director of the Kursk Philharmonic: "In our Philharmonic, in our city there are musicians who have become propagandist of the music of Piazzolla. And playing this music on a variety of instruments, including the Russian folk, stringed instruments, the piano. And of course we always dreamed of to hear the music of Astor Piazzolla in the version as it was written for."
Several rehearsals of the soloist with the orchestra - and they play the concert. The usual practice of professional musicians.
Alexander Mitenev, musician: "Despite the large and rather complex stage and the acoustics, the orchestra feels me, musicians feel each other, and very well."
Vladimir Veryovkin, musician: "I have 20 years experience in the orchestra, but we play with such an instrument for the first time. The interesting sound. It's nice to play with a good musician."
In the first part of the concert Alexander Mitenev will play with a large symphony orchestra to concertos for bandoneon, and popular pieces with small chamber groups in the second part.
Olga Efremova, Kursk
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