Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Gidon Kremer, violin
Giedre Dirvanauskaite, cello
Rózsa — Theme and Variations for Violin and Cello
Weinberg — Violin Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov — Scheherazade
One of the most popular works of 19th century music is the centerpiece of our January Masterworks concert. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a symphonic poem based on One Thousand and One Nights, is one of the most dazzling and colorful orchestral pieces to come out of the late 1800s Imperial Russia. Full of fresh, vibrant melodies and a rhythmic vitality, this symphony brings alive the enchanting tales of one of the most beloved characters in the literary history with music that matches Scheherazade’s storytelling prowess.
This concert also brings one of the world’s greatest violin soloists, Gidon Kremer, for his Naples Philharmonic debut. Kremer, along with cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite, will perform Rózsa’s Theme and Variations for Violin and Cello, one of the classical works by a composer best known for his brilliant scores for movies such as Ben-Hur and Spellbound.
Gidon and Giedre will also perform a rarely heard concerto from Mieczysław Weinberg, a Polish-Jewish composer and Holocaust survivor who is considered the third leg of the trio of Soviet-era composers that included Shostakovich and Prokofiev. They recorded Weinberg’s works earlier this year with Kremer’s ensemble the Kremerata Baltica.
One of the world’s greatest living violin soloists, Gidon Kremer burst onto the classical music scene in the late 1960s. By 1970, when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition, he had solidified his spot as violinist of the highest talent. His playing showcases both technical brilliance and a mesmerizing passion, which often sends him to the farthest reaches of a piece of music. His repertoire ranges from early classical words of Bach and Vivaldi to modern composers, especially those from Russia and Eastern Europe. Since 1996 he has also performed regularly with his ensemble, Kremerata Baltica, which features promising young string players from the three Baltic states.
Lithuanian born cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite has been a member of Kremerata Baltica since 1997 and in 2004 founded an off-shoot string quartet Kremeratini. She has performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica.
Music Director: Naples Philharmonic
Music Director: Orchestre National de Belgique
Principal Guest Conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi
Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. In addition to his post as Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique, he begins his tenure as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic this season.
In addition to his work with in Naples, highlights of the current season include appearances with Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.
In Europe, Boreyko has conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Filharmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony, Philharmonia and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Equally in demand in North America, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; and Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphony orchestras.