Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Lilya Zilberstein, piano
Szpilman — Little Overture
Mahler — Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Desyatnikov — Sketches to Sunset
Rachmaninoff — Piano Concerto No. 3
Music Director Andrey Boreyko highlights powerful classical pieces used in cinema in this concert that pairs with the Naples International Film Festival. The program kicks off with Wladyslaw Szpilman’s Little Overture, which many will instantly recognize from the Oscar-winning film The Pianist. Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 has served as a backdrop for several movies from Visconti’s Death in Venice in 1971 to Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls in 2000. Drawing from his Russian connections, Boreyko is bringing a piece from a lesser-known countryman, Leonid Desyatnikov, whose Sketches to Sunset will make its Naples debut.
The second half features Rachmaninoff’s tour de force Piano Concerto No. 3, which Geoffrey Rush plays in a pivotal scene in the Oscar-winning film Shine. The concerto has a reputation as one of the most difficult to play in the piano repertoire and was the piece that helped Van Cliburn win the first International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Andrey Boreyko is a world-renowned conductor who has worked with the finest orchestras in the world. The 2014-15 season marks his first as Music Director at Artis—Naples. He is also the music director for the National Orchestra of Belgium. He previously directed orchestras in Winnipeg and Dusseldorf and has guest conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Berliner Philharmoniker, among numerous others.
For nearly 30 years, Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein has performed with major orchestras throughout the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony and the Montreal Symphony. After winning the 1987 Busoni International Piano competition, which did not award first prize again for five years, Zilberstein began a successful touring and recording career with Deutsche Grammophon. She’s won specific acclaim for her interpretations of Rachmaninoff, among others. This marks Lilya’s debut with the Naples Philharmonic and the first concert for the orchestra’s new Steinway Model D piano.
“…youthful zest was displayed to the hilt by Zilberstein, who learned keyboard pyrotechnics through years of schooling in Russia's fabled conservatory. More impressive was the graceful, almost effortless navigation of the music's maddening alternation of the fast and furious and the soulfully lyrical” (Chicago Tribune).