Tomaso Albinoni and Antonio Vivaldi are ideally combined in any concert program. And not only because the Venetians. The fates of these two are, in principle, very similar. They are contemporaries: they were born in the 1670s, and both in respected families: Albinoni – in a noble merchant, Vivaldi – in the family of an excellent barber. Since childhood, they have not parted with the violin, but they chose the composer’s path, which turned out to be incredibly productive for both of them. Tomaso Albinoni alone wrote more than fifty operas, Antonio Vivaldi composed over five hundred concerti. And even if only a little of this richest heritage has been preserved for centuries, but even it is an undeniable adornment of world music.
The KSSO program “Music equals Venice” presents famous concert cycles: four Concertos for oboe, strings and cembalo by Tomaso Albinoni and four Concertos for violin, strings and cembalo “The Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi. And it shows the identity of each. Vivaldi’s concertos are always sweeping, seething passions and mood swings, a pace that cannot be kept up with, and the virtuosity of the solo part, which is amazing. Albinoni’s concertos, on the contrary, are the very restraint and rigor, the refined elaboration of the orchestral fabric and technical meticulousness, wondrous melody and obvious plot – a tribute to the art of opera, so dearly loved by the composer. To see, or rather, to hear all the facets of the Venetian Baroque on the evening of September 20, Kostroma music lovers will be helped not only by the musicians of the provincial symphony orchestra, but also by invited soloists.
Oleg Yakubovich (oboe) is an honored artist of the city of Moscow, a diploma winner at the International Competition in Italy. Graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (class of Professor I. F. Pushechnikov), attended master classes of famous musicians: Burchard Gletzner (Germany), Luther Koch (Germany) and Klaus Lienbacher (Austria). He has played more than a hundred solo concerts in different cities of Russia and the CIS, as well as abroad – in Germany, France, the USA, Turkey, Italy. He combines solo activity with orchestral activity, being a soloist of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia conducted by V. Polyansky and the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia conducted by A. Utkin. Oleg Yakubovich recorded a CD for oboe and organ at the Melodiya company together with A. Leventhal, as well as B. Britten’s Six Metamorphoses for Oboe Solo on Orpheus Radio.
Leonid Zhelezny (violin) is a graduate of the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of the People’s Artist of Russia, Professor A. E. Vinnitsky), currently an assistant in the class of the same teacher. Leonid Zhelezny is the winner of the special prize of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Yuri Bashmet Prize “For the Beauty of Sound”, laureate of prestigious music competitions: the VII International Violin Competition in Astana, the VI International Beethoven Violin Competition in Austria, the III International Musical competition in Stockholm, the XI International Vaclav Huml Violin Competition in Croatia, the International Music Competition in Harbin and others. Collaborates with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra named after E. F. Svetlanov, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of the Moscow Academic Musical Theater named after K. S. Stanislavsky and Vl. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko, as well as orchestras of St. Petersburg, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Kaluga, Tula, European musical groups. He plays with a bow of a French master, presented by the People’s Artist of the USSR Viktor Tretyakov.