Music Garden Tchaikovsky’s Piano Suite The Seasons
Time: 2016/8/20 (Sat.) 3 p.m.
Venue: Experimental Theatre
The Seasons is a set of twelve short character pieces for solo piano by the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, which was commissioned by the editor of the St. Petersburg music magazine Nouvellist—Nikolay Matveyevich Bernard In 1875. Each piece is the characteristic of a different month of the year in the northern hemisphere. This time, two artists: Andrey Pisarev (piano) and Cao Lei (recite) will lead the public into a colorful world of the Seasons.
The blue, pure snowdrop — flower,
and near it the last snowdrops.
The last tears over past griefs,
and first dreams of another happiness.
Let us go to the shore;
there the waves will kiss our feet.
With mysterious sadness
the stars will shine down on us.
A mournful time of year! Its sad enchantment
flatters my vision with a parting grace -
I love the sumptuous glow of fading nature,
the forests clad in crimson and in gold,
the shady coolness and the wind's dull roaring,
the heavens all shrouded in a billowing mist
and the rare gleams of sun, the early hoarfrosts,
and distant grey-beard winter's gloomy portents.
In your loneliness do not look at the road,
and do not rush out after the troika.
Suppress at once and forever the fear of longing in your heart.
Andrey Pisarev, PIANO
An Honored Artist of Russia, Professor and Head of the Piano Department at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Mr. Andrey Pisarev began his musical education at the age of seven. In 1978 he moved to Moscow to study at the Music School and then at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He graduated with his Master’s degree in 1989.
At the 1991 International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Mr. Pisarev won the Grand Prize, a top prize that had been vacant for thirty-five years since 1956. In addition, Mr.Pisarev also won the First Prize in the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition (Moscow, 1983), First Prize in the UNISA TRANSNET International Piano Competition, and Special Prizes for the best performances of a classical sonata and a Mozart Concerto (Pretoria, 1992).
His success at these major competitions opened doors of the most prestigious concert halls for the artist and brought engagements from the world’s best symphony orchestras, such as Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, RAI Orchestra Milan, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Both his solo recitals and orchestral performances have been were acclaimed by audience and critics.
Mr. Pisarev has wide repertoire and feels equally at home when he performs Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The German newspaper “Westdeutsche Algemeine Zeitung” wrote about Mr. Pisarev: “His performance can’t be forgotten… The pianist presented such impressive music that is rarely heard. The fact that his playing is distinguished for virtuosity – is of no doubt, because that is the basis for transparent sounding of music by Debussy, Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. His performance was really transparent. The sounds of Sonata by Scarlatti sparkled like clear radiant water drops. The “Suite Bergamasque” by Debussy sounded as a canvass painted with clear bright colors.
Cao Lei, RECITE
In addition, we’ll also invite a famous dubbing actress Cao Lei, who has dubbed for a various of roles of different characteristics and identities. Like Kung Fu Panda II (Soothsayer), The Devil Wears Prada (Miranda Priestly), Palace of Desire (Empress Wu), Emperor Hanwu (Empress dowager Dou), Dream of the Red Chamber (Grandmother Jia), Thunderstorm (Fanyi), Sissi (Sophie)…
Cao Lei was graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy, and then became a professor. Except for dubbing, she is also active in playing dramas and films, reciting poems, etc.