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Chopin, Ravel and Shostakovich

Wang Chamber Music Series

Daniels Pavilion

Naples Philharmonic
Nov 9, 3:00pm
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Chopin, Ravel
and Shostakovich

Wang Chamber Music Series
Mid-19th and 20th Century Chamber Music

Lilya Zilberstein, piano

   Chopin — Variations brillantes
   Ravel — String Quartet
   Shostakovich — Piano Trio No. 2

Visiting soloist Lilya Zilberstein joins members of the Naples Philharmonic for this exciting program of chamber music. The performance begins with Chopin’s rarely heard Variations brillantes, based on the melody to a then-popular operatic theme “I Sell Seashells” by Ferdinand Hérold.

In the middle is Ravel’s wonderful String Quartet. Originally rejected by even the man to whom Ravel dedicated the piece, the work was so poorly received that Ravel left the Conservatoire de Paris. But the public and, eventually, other musicians rallied behind him and the piece. DeBussy implored Ravel, “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written in your Quartet.”

The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s anguished Piano Trio No. 2. A mournful, sometimes agitated piece, it was written in 1944 after the death of his closest and dearest friend, Ivan Sollertinsky.

“Probably the most terrible and gloom-ridden of Shostakovich’s works, the Second Trio is the only one in which there is neither relief nor reconciliation, where the forces of evil, destructions and death prevail.” —Solomon Volkov

Sponsored by a generous gift from David & Cecile Wang. Part of the Wang Chamber Music series.

Lilya Zilberstein

Lilya Zilberstein

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).


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