The April 23 concert of the Armenian State Symphonic Orchestra within the Malta International Music Festival was broadcasted by one of the leading classical music channels, Medici TV.
The orchestra which was under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan performed a four-part symphonic poem called "Sheherazade" by Russian composer, educator, and conductor Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. The violin solo piece was performed by Carmen Lauri.
"Scheherazade" is not only one of the best works of Rimsky-Korsakov, but also one of the best pieces of symphonic music in the world. The composer wrote it in 1888 based on the Arabic folk tales of "One Thousand and One Nights.”
During the evening, famous composer Alexei Shor’s “Travel Notebook” (concert for piano and orchestra) was also performed with Denis Kozhukhin as a soloist.
Pianist Dennis Kozhukhin is a laureate of several international competitions. He notes that he was delighted to be next to the composer whose music he was going to perform. “Alexey Shore's musical perceptions and the impressions about the places he has traveled to are very familiar to me,” says the pianist. Kozhukin then adds that in this concert, the piano and the orchestra seem to be in a unique dialogue which helps the audience find and experience peace.
The pianist also shared his impressions about Malta. He says that though it is the first time he is in Malta, he feels like at home, as if with family members. Some of them he already knows and some with the rest of them he will be happy to get acquainted with.
You can watch the video of the concert on Medici TV.