Respighi, ŠostakoviČ, Čajkovskij

Valentin Uryupin - Antonii Baryshevskyi, piano

Valentin Uryupin, winner of the 2017 edition of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conductor’s Competition of Frankfurt, is an outstanding Russian musician. Not only he is a refined and brilliant conductor, but he is also a clarinet player winning more than 20 international competitions and performing the world over. His career as conductor has been divided equally between symphonic works and the opera.


Antonii Baryshevskyi

Antonii Baryshevskyi was born in 1988 in Kiev and began to play the piano at the age of seven.

He has won numerous international competitions, including first price in the 2009 “Jaen” competition, the “Arthur Rubinstein” Competition, Tel Aviv, the 2014 Berne “Prix du piano Interlaken classic” and the 2011 “Busoni” Critic’s Award, Bolzano.
He has performed in recitals of leading festivals and at prestigious concert halls, making recordings of some solo CDs with music by Ravel, Debussy and works from the great Russian repertoire of Rachmaninov and Skrjabin for the Naxos and Cavi labels.



Saturday 23 November |  H 20.30

Teatro Comunale




Fantasia Slava in G minor for piano and orchestra



Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 2 Op. 102



Symphony no. 3 in D major Op. 29


Fantasia Slava in G minor for piano and orchestra (duration 10 minutes) 

Date composed: 1903
First performed: Bologna, 31 January 1904
1. Andante
2. Allegroconfuoco
3. Lento
4. Allegro 

Composer of the acclaimed ‘Roman trilogy’ and a member of the so-called “Generation of the 1880’s”, Respighi is one of Italy’s most well known twentieth-century composers in the repertoire of symphonic orchestra music.
With the intention of breathing new life into the romantic style of traditional Italian symphonic music from the nineteenth century, many of his earlier works reflect influences from Stravinsky and the orchestral timbres of Rimsky-Korsakov (at the time, Respighi was violin player with the St. Petersburg orchestra). The legacy of his short time studying with Rimsky-Korsakov can be seen in Respighi’s work Fantasia Slava and in particular in the opening Andante with its sombre, melancholic theme. 

Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 2 Op. 102 (duration 17 minutes) 

Year composed: 1957
First performed: Moscow Conservatory, 10 May 1957
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro 

The uncharacteristic lightness of this piece is deeply rooted in the life and history of Russia in those years. In 1953 Stalin died and for many artists this meant a chance to return to creativity with a certain independence, free of the constraints imposed on them to create works glorifying Russian history. The work is a birthday gift to Shostakovich’s nineteen-year-old son Maksim, the talented pianist who played the first performance of the concerto as soloist in Moscow. Concerto no. 2 is a personal journey of the composer into “classicism”, evident also in the formal structure. The work maintains the traditional three movements, in which the Andante movement introduces a melancholic theme followed by a change in atmosphere with lively tones, quick tempos and the gaiety of the I and III movements, the last in sonata form 

Sinfonia n. 3 in Re Maggiore Op. 29 Polacca (durata 44’)

Anno di composizione: 1875
Prima esecuzione: Mosca, 7 novembre 1875
1. Moderato assai (Tempo di marcia funebre). Allegro brillante
2. Alla tedesca. Allegro moderato e semplice
3. Andante elegiaco
4. Scherzo. Allegro vivo.
5. Finale. Allegro con fuoco (Tempo di polacca)

Considered the least successful of the six symphonies, the composer produced this work in just a few months of summer 1875, and it was then performed in the same year, with Nikolai Rubinstein as conductor.
Symphony n. 3 is the only work to have five movements and be in a major key. The title “Polish” which is often given to the Symphony refers to the Polish rhythm of the last movement. 

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With its long-standing tradition, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has been led by Musical Directors like Sergiu Celibidache, ZoltánPeskó, Vladimir Delman, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Michele Mariotti. Some of the conductors who have worked with the ensemble include Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Eliau Inbal, Vladimir Jurowskij, Daniel Oren, Peter Maag, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovič, Esa Pekka Salonen, Georg Solti, Christian Thielemann, Charles Dutoit, Georges Prêtre. The Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale is often invited abroad (The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, and Switzerland) and has played in many prestigious festivals (Amsterdam 1987, Parma 1990, Wiesbaden 1994, Santander 2004 and 2008, Aix en Provence 2005, Savonlinna 2006, Macao 2013, Muscat 2015, Guanajuato in Mexico 2017, Paris 2018). A special connection  with Japan has brought to several tours, including the tour in June 2019 in Osaka, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, with performances of Rigolettodirected by Alessio Pizzech, and of Il Barbiere di Sivigliadirected by Federico Grazzini.

Its numerous recordings include La Favoriteconducted by Richard Bonynge; Oberto Conte di San Bonifacioconduted by Zoltán Peskó, Il Barbiere di Sivigliaconducted by Giuseppe Patané, La Fille du Régimentconducted by Bruno Campanella, Le Maschereand La Bohèmeconducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, La Scala di Setaconducted by Gabriele Ferro, Macbeth,Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, Messa Solenne,and the video production of Vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arcoand Wertherconducted by Riccardo Chailly, Armide conducted by  Daniele Gatti, Simon Boccanegraconducted by Michele Mariotti.

The Orchestra, conducted by Michele Mariotti, has recorded a CD under the label Decca with sacred arias sung by Juan Diego Flórez, and an album under Sony with Romantic arias sung by Nino Machaidze. Under Deutsche Grammophon the Orchestra recorded Le Comte Orywith Flórez,andLa Nuit de Mai – a selection or arias and songs by Leoncavallo – with Placido Domingo. Under the label PENTATONE it recently released a CD containing overtures by Rossini, to celebrate 150 years since the death of the composer.

In March 2013 the artistic ensembles of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, led by Michele Mariotti, opened the IV International Festival Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow, where they performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In October 2015, again with Michele Mariotti on the podium, they opened the Lingotto Music Festival at the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli in Turin, where they performed Stabat Materby Rossini, and his Overture and Ballet Music from Guillaume Tell.

After working with the Rossini Opera Festival for nearly thirty years (from 1988 to 2016), the year 2017 brought new collaborations between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Verdi Festival in Parma, where the Orchestra performed, among other productions, the Stiffeliodirected by Graham Vick. Staged at the Teatro Farnese, the show was highly appreciated by audience and critics alike and was granted the Special Prize at the 37thedition of the “Franco Abbiati” Critics award. The Orchestra’s engagements with the Verdi Festival for the Fall of 2019 include Luisa Millerat the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato in Parma, and Aidaat the Teatro Verdi in Busseto.

The Teatro Comunale’s 2018 production of La Bohèmestaged by Graham Vick received the Abbiati Award as best show.