Preview: Russian Masterpieces with Yulia Chaplina and friends

Celebrating International Music Day and the UK-Russia Year of Music 2019, pianist Yulia Chaplina is joined by UK-based artists for a programme of discerning Russian masterpieces by Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Scriabin. The concert in the Purcell Room on 1 October is dedicated to the cultural exchange between Russia and the UK. On 3 December, Chaplina performs at Pushkin House to celebrate Mieczysław Weinberg’s centenary.

At the Southbank Centre, Chaplina has curated a programme that showcases the close ties and similarities in style between four great Russian geniuses: Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. The four composers are interlinked: Rachmaninov adored Tchaikovsky, writing a trio in his memory, and Tchaikovsky in return supported the young composer. Scriabin and Rachmaninov studied together at the Moscow’s Conservatoire – when Scriabin died, Rachmaninov played his works in Russia and the West. Stravinsky adored works by Tchaikovsky: his father had sung in the premieres of many of the composer’s operas at the Mariinsky Theatre. The programme culminates in Stravinsky’s rarely-performed Septet, composed in the early 1950s between the composer’s neoclassical period and final serial phase.

Ten distinguished musicians from different countries come together to join Chaplina and share in her love and passion for Russian music.

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On 3 December at Pushkin House, Chaplina joins violinists Yuri Kalnits and Igor Yuzefovich to celebrate the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996). They perform his Sonata for two violins and Sonatina for violin and piano in a programme also featuring violin works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev, two of his greatest inspirations.

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Dubbed ‘impressively virtuosic with terrific control and powerful playing’ by The Classical Reviewer, Russian-British pianist Yulia Chaplina is the winner of seven international piano competitions.

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(source: Nicky Thomas Media)