Dmitry Masleev

Dmitry Masleev
Dmitry Masleev (b. 1988), pianist – First Prize (XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor – Leonard Elschenbroich, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-David Masur














Leonard Elschenbroich returns to Tokyo to play Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Japan Philharmonic on Tuesday October 22, conducted by Ken-David Masur. Since his Japanese debut in 2011 Leonard has given concerto, recital and chamber music performances in the country and Japan remains one of his favourite destinations. In recent weeks, other exciting destinations on his concert schedule have included London, Vancouver, Vilnius and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.



Ο Αντονίν Ντβόρζακ συνέθεσε το Κονσέρτο για βιολοντσέλο σε Σι ελάσσονα το 1895, σ' ένα διάστημα τριών μηνών, λίγο πριν φύγει από τη Νέα Υόρκη. Εκείνη την εποχή λαχταρούσε να γυρίσει στην πατρίδα του, κι αυτή η νοσταλγία είναι αισθητή στη μουσική του. Μόλις ολοκλήρωσε το Κοντσέρτο, ο Ντβόρζακ διόρθωσε το τέλος του Φινάλε, επηρεασμένος από το θάνατο της κουνιάδας του, Josephina Kaumitzola που πέθανε στις 27 Μαΐου 1895, ένα μήνα αφού ο Ντβόρζακ επέστρεψε στην Πράγα. Αυτή η καινούργια εκδοχή του Φινάλε και κυρίως τα τελευταία εξήντα μέτρα που πρόσθεσε ο Ντβόρζακ, είναι από τα ωραιότερα που έγραψε ποτέ. Ο Ντβόρζακ αγαπούσε τη Ζοζεφίνα πολλά χρόνια και όταν εκείνη τον αρνήθηκε αυτός παντρεύτηκε την μικρότερη αδελφή της, Άννα. Ο ίδιος περιγράφει το Φινάλε του Κοντσέρτου ως εξής: «Το Φινάλε κλείνει σιγά σιγά, με ντιμινουέντο, σαν στεναγμός, με αναφορές στο πρώτο και το δεύτερο μέρος, το σόλο σβήνει πολύ σιγά (pianissimo), μετά βαθμιαία ο ήχος αυξάνεται πάλι, τα τελευταία μέτρα ακούγονται από ολόκληρη την ορχήστρα, και το έργο ολοκληρώνεται σε μία θυελλώδη ατμόσφαιρα».

Το Κονσέρτο για βιολοντσέλο σε Σι ελάσσονα, έργο 104, του Αντονίν Ντβόρζακ, ερμηνεύει ένας από τους πιο χαρισματικούς και βραβευμένους μουσικούς της γενιάς του, ο τριαντάχρονος Γερμανός βιολοντσελίστας Leonard Elschenbroich. Τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Ιαπωνίας διευθύνει ο επίσης Γερμανός αρχιμουσικός Ken-David Masur (γιος του αείμνηστου μαέστρου Kurt Masur). Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο Τόκιο στις 18 Οκτωβρίου 2013.

Ο Leonard Elschenbroich παίζει ένα βιολοντσέλο του 1693, κατασκευασμένο στη Βενετία από τον φημισμένο κατασκευαστή βιολοντσέλων Matteo Goffriller (1659-1742).


i. Allegro




ii. Adagio, ma non troppo




iii. Finale: Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro vivo




Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

♪ Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 (1894-1895)

i. Allegro
ii. Adagio, ma non troppo
iii. Finale: Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro vivo

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Ken-David Masur

Tokyo, October 18, 2013

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First publication: November 28, 2015 – Last update: April 22, 2017


Leonard Elschenbroich has excited interest as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation since receiving the Leonard Bernstein award at the opening concert of the 2009 Schleswig Holstein Festival, following his performance of the Brahms Double with Anne Sophie Mutter under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. Since then, Leonard joined the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme in 2012, a prestigious award offering performances and recordings with all the BBC orchestras and at the BBC Proms. In 2012, Leonard became Artistic Mentor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the country’s first national orchestra. As Artistic Mentor, he performs regularly with the orchestra and invites international soloists and conductors such as Nicola Benedetti, Philippe Quint, Edicson Ruiz and Reinhold Friedrich.

He has worked with a number of eminent conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Karabits, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrew Litton, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and Vasily Sinasiky. As a soloist he has performed with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Swedish Radio Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Dresden Staatskapelle on a European tour. Leonard has performed at BBC Proms, most recently in 2014 with BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds, and in 2013 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit.

His debut CD (Rachmaninov Cello Sonata & Shostakovich Viola Sonata), released on Onyx Classics in 2013, received 5 star reviews from The Telegraph, The Guardian and BBC Music Magazine (Choice of the Month).

Leonard releases his second disc for Onyx Classics in November 2014, featuring Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No.2, recorded live at the Concertgebouw with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Litton, and Prokofiev's Cello Sonata with Alexei Grynyuk.

Leonard Elschenbroich has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Auditorium du Louvre, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Lucerne Festival, the Gstaad Festival, the Istanbul International Festival, the Rheingau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, and Schleswig Holstein Festival, where he performed the complete Beethoven sonatas with Christoph Eschenbach. On tour in South America, he has performed with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colon and given recitals in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and Sao Paulo.

Leonard is Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonic Society Bremen from 2013-2016, the first artist ever to hold this position. Each season includes one commissioned world premiere. Leonard premiered Arlene Sierra's new piano trio in November 2013.

As a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Trio, Leonard has performed in London, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Bilbao, Barcelona, Beijing, Shanghai. The trio embark on a US tour in March 2015.

Leonard also plays chamber music regularly with Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk, performing at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, Usher Hall, Hong Kong International Festival, Istanbul Festival, Sala Sao Paulo, and Ravinia Festival.

Leonard has a keen interest in contemporary music, commissioning and premiering works by: Luca Lombardi (Essay 3 for solo cello), Arlene Sierra (Butterflies Remember a Mountain for piano trio), Carl Vine (The Village for piano trio), Suzanne Farrin and Mark Simpson, whose piece, Night Music, was commissioned for Leonard by the BBC and performed and broadcast live at Wigmore Hall in March 2014.                                                                  

His many awards include: the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award, Eugene Istomin Prize, Pro Europa prize, Landgraf von Hessen price at the Kronberg Academy, Nordmetall Prize at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Firmenich Prize at the Verbier Festival.

Born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Leonard received a scholarship, aged ten, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London. He later studied with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Academy.

He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller "Leonard Rose" (Venice, 1693), on private loan.

Leonard Elschenbroich lives in London.


Conductor Ken-David Masur has been critically hailed as "fearless, bold" and a "life-force" [San Diego Union-Tribune] and "a brilliant and commanding conductor with unmistakable charisma" [Leipzig Volkszeitung]. He begins his appointment as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 2014/15 season, when he also leads weeks with the San Diego, Munich, Nuremburg, and Omaha Symphonies. Masur also returns to the National Philharmonic of Russia, where he is a regularly featured guest, for two sets of concerts this season.

Masur continues as the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony. He has had recent engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden, Israel, and Japan Philharmonics; with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, and Hiroshima and Memphis Symphonies.

Previous appointments include Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre National de France in Paris from 2004-2006, and Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in 2007. In 2010, Masur conducted the London Symphony Orchestra as one of three Finalists in the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and in 2011, he was the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, where he returned once again upon invitation as a Fellow in 2012.

Ken-David Masur received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York City. From 1999-2002 he served as the first Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus there, which toured Germany and released a critically acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach. He received further music studies at the Leipzig Conservatory, the Detmold Academy, the Manhattan School of Music and the "Hanns Eisler" Conservatory in Berlin, where he was a five-year master student of Bass-Baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Masur studied conducting primarily with his father Kurt Masur.

Together with his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur, Ken-David Masur serves as Artistic Director of the Chelsea Music Festival, an annual multi-media/multi-sensorial summer music festival in New York City, called  "a gem of a series" by The New York Times. He also won a Grammy nomination from the Latin Recording Academy in the category "Best Classical Album of the Year" for his work as a producer of the album "Salon Buenos Aires".



















































See also

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor – Daniel Müller-Schott, Danmarks Radio SymfoniOrkestret, Dmitrij Kitajenko

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