Rachmaninov/ Aivazovsky: Piano Concerto No.3
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(Jul 25, 2011)
The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninoff(colloquially known as 'Rach') is famous for its technical and musical demands on the performer. It has the reputation of being one of the most difficult concertos in the standard piano repertoire.The Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky featuring pianist Konstantin Scherbakov performing Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3. Konstantin Scherbakov's endless repertoire accomplishments continue to amaze. Specialising in virtuoso repertoire, much of it previously considered unplayable, Scherbakov has been called 'modern Rachmaninov' and has gained international acclaim for his performances of Liszt's transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies. The Piano Concerto No. 3, featured in the film Shine, is technically even more demanding and takes romantic virtuoso concerto to its absolute peak. Recorded in Moscow State Broadcasting and Recording House in Surround Sound at 24bit High Definition Audio. Musical recording under license from Naxos of America.
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Hovannes Aivasian) was born on July 29, 1817, in Feodosia, Crimea, Russian Empire, into a poor Armenian family. His father was a modest Armenian trader. His mother was a traditional homemaker. His early talent as an artist earned him a scholarship to study at the Simferopol gymnasium. From 1833-1839 Aivasovsky studied at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, where he was a student of professor Mikhail Vorob'ev, and graduated with the Gold Medal.
Aivazovsky was sent to paint in Crimea and in Italy, being sponsored by the Russian Imperial Academy for 6 years from 1838-1844. His numerous paintings of Mediterranean seascapes won him popularity among art collectors, such as the Russian Czars, the Ottoman Sultan, and among the various nobility in many countries. His dramatic depiction of a sea storm with the survivors from a shipwreck, known as 'The Ninth Wave' (1850), made him extremely famous. The original canvas is in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. He also made many variations and repetitions of this particular painting, as well, as of his other popular works.
Aivazovsky produced over six thousand paintings of variable quality over the course of his long life. Most of his works were made on a longstanding commission from the Imperial Russian Navy Headquarters, where he worked for the most of his life, from the 1840s until 1900. He earned a considerable fortune, which he spent for charity, and also used for the foundation of the first School of Arts (in 1865) and the Art Gallery (in 1889) in his home town of Feodosia.
Video: ART of Ivan Aivazovsky: 1080p VC-1 Slideshow Presentation includes famose seascape like Moonlit Seascape With Shipwreck, Storm, View of Reval, Landing at Subashi, Fishermen on the Shore, The Ninth Wave and many more.
Audio: 24 bit 96K 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio --editor
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