Talented musicians – honoured artist of Russia Alexey Vasilev and honoured artist of Turkmenistan Vladimir Mkrtumov acted on April 16 on the stage of the National Music and Drama Theatre named after Mahtumkuli.
The concert was organised by the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan, embassy of Russia in Turkmenistan and the Federal agency “Rossotrudnichestvo “. In the poster appeared Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergey Rakhmaninov’s composition and Alfred Schnittke representing the classical musical art of various epochs, national composer schools, and ideological and art as well as style points.
Tatyana Litvina, senior teacher of the department of history of music of Turkmen National Conservatory named after Maya Kulieva, at the request of ORIENT commented on this performance:
– The concert became a remarkable illustration of a great force of music which does not know geographical and time boundaries and is capable to pull together different people, to bring up and enlighten.
Vladimir Mkrtumov’s name – a brilliant pianist, winner of the international competition named after Nury Halmamedov, student of the Academic musical school at the Moscow Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky and Turkmen National Conservatory, nowadays a senior teacher of the department of special piano and chamber ensemble of Turkmen National Conservatory named after Maya Kulieva is well-known in Turkmenistan.
And here the Ashgabat public got acquainted with Alexey Vasilev’s art for the first time. As Rector of the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, a talented violoncellist and conductor, jury of some prestigious international competitions, he conducts an active pedagogical and concert activity, regularly gives master classes for young musicians in his homeland and beyond its limits.
The program of the evening was connected with the sonata genre, which essence – validity reflexion in all its variety, in sharp figurative contrasts and at the same time in unity of inconsistent beginnings. The classical kind of sonata was formed during the XVIII century in the course of long transformation of previous musical forms and definitively developed in creativity of composers of the Viennese classical school.
The sonata for the violoncello and piano in major of one of the ingenious representatives of this school – Ludwig van Beethoven – opened the concert program. The composition concerns the early period of creativity of the author, but includes a number of the lines inherent in his later opuses: aspiration to fill a composition monumentalism and majestic simplicity, display the depth of philosophical thought and subtle psychologism, a wide variety of shades of mood.
This evening in the sonata a strict logic caused by value of a rational basis, graphic of melodic lines, transparent clearness of style and at the same time a big emotionality that in interaction put a bright and convincing image were underlined.
Let’s give due to professionalism of musicians and in their execution of the Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor by Sergey Rakhmanov, whose creativity is closely connected with the development of Russian musical art in the late ХIХ – early XX centuries. Fans of fine works gathered in the hall of the theatre named after Mahtumkuli and were subdued by special spontaneity, warmth and poetic spirituality of feeling, wide flood of lyrical melodies of the composition.
The faultless feeling of the ensemble of two maestros where the piano part sounded with special concert scope and the violoncello was perceived mainly as a singing tool voice that is connected with features of the plan of the composer showing in the chamber and lyrical plan movement from elegy regret and disturbing sincere experiences – to joyful glorification of beauty of life attracted the attention.
The variety of style directions in the XX century music was reflected in the genre of sonata when there was its enrichment by new composite technicians and letter receptions. One can be convinced of it by an example of the Sonata for the violoncello and piano of Alfred Schnittke. One of the greatest composers of the modernity has left for us a number of remarkable masterpieces, large scale and deep thoughts which are turned to destinies of all mankind.
The sonata was devoted its first performer Natalia Gutman and differs with tragic orientation of the content, with spiritual clarification in its end. Actors managed to reach surprising solidity cyclic as a matter of fact compositions, to show it’s figurative and intonation unity, to combine in the performance properties inherent in dramatic art of meditation and proneness to conflict. To the pathetic, deep, dramatic, and, at the same time, reserved sounding of the work, the public reacted with applause and shouts «Bravo! ».
The performance of a duet of the Russian and Turkmen musicians caused the most sincere and enthusiastic reaction of listeners, having given them a fine possibility to feel the genuine high art.