Rachmaninov. Paganini. Russia and Italy in perfect harmony created in neutral Switzerland. I’m talking about the marvelous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov which he wrote at his summer house in Switzerland. Wonderful music full of lively rhythms, seductive tunes and of devilish difficulty for the solo piano. International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Dmitry Masleev accepted the challenge and performed the piece with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin a few weeks ago here at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Both Rachmaninov and Paganini are known for having written extremely difficult pieces. Rachmaninov himself says about his Rhapsody in a letter, his inspiration for the piece was the legend which tells that Paganini sold his soul to the devil to achieve mastery on the violin and win the heart of a woman. The outcome is one of the most challenging pieces for piano.
It seems like these technical difficulties don’t really exist for Dmitry. His fingers fly over the piano keys as if detached from his body. More importantly he manages to play extremely fast but at the same time extremely understandable. Every single note is crystal clear. A pleasure to listen to. Only drop of bitterness was the poor performance of both conductor and orchestra. I don’t want to get into details here since I’m sure they can do better. Here’s a short inside what Dmitry can do:
I had the pleasure of meeting this young musician after his concert. A very humble, a bit shy and extremely dedicated pianist. He is currently on a tour giving his debut in big concert halls all over the world. If you would like to see him his upcoming concerts in and close to Germany are:
28.04.2017 Debüt-Konzert Österreich, Brucknerhaus Linz
30.06.2017 Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Neu Drosedow)
12.07.2017 Rheingau Musikfestival
15.07.2017 Kissinger Sommer
18.08.2017 Weinberg Quintett in a string orchestra transcription in Sion, Switzerland
24.08.2017 Young Euro Classic (Konzerthaus Berlin)
More details and tickets here