28.03.2021 The Dubai Recital
For the first time, Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin play together – at the Dubai Opera.
The 1986 opening concert of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition was an extraordinary event. After the spectacular performance of Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin, the critics were overwhelmed to such an extent that they asked themselves if a competition was still needed. They clearly had the feeling that they had already heard the winners. Today, the former child prodigies belong to the most important contemporary artists. Interestingly enough, until now, they have never given a concert together. Therefore, their performance at the Dubai Opera is nothing less than a historic event. Seeing and hearing these two titans of classical music playing together is a unique opportunity not to be missed!
Masterpieces of all time
All about this concert promises to be spectacular. During their reunion, on March the 28th, Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin will perform some of the best and most demanding masterpieces ever written for their instruments. Vengerov will play Johann Sebastian Bach's Chaconne in D minor, a sublime gem of the violin solo repertoire which merges the form and the spirituality into sounds of mysterious sensuality and depth. The piece for violin and piano “Lonely sail” by the Maltese-American composer Alexey Shor is going to be a melancholic counterpart to Bach's music, an expression of contemporary beauty and aesthetics reflected by the architectural audacity of the Dubai Opera.
As one of the most important interpreters of Frédéric Chopin's music, Evgeny Kissin will render both the Polish composer's Impromptu in G-flat Major and his famous Polonaise in A-flat major. Juxtaposing the romantic Impromptu and the heroic Polonaise, he will shed light on two important facets of the composer's oeuvre. Concluding the spectacular programme, the two musicians will perform Johannes Brahms's magnificent Second Sonata, called a “Sonata of love and songs” by the composer's biographer Max Kalbeck. The music written on the shores of Lake Thin in Switzerland is indeed overflowing with melodies.