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Lucas Debargue plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor – Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Alexey Utkin – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, Second stage

The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held more than 50 years ago, is not only a valuable asset of Russian musical culture but is also one of the major events in the international music community. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held once every four years

The first, in 1958, included two disciplines – piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition – a contest for violin makers which was held before the main competition.

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St Petersburg from June 15 to July 3, 2015, and was dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Russian composer.

In the competition participated more than 600 artists from 45 countries.

On the jury for piano was the distinguished pianists Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Michel Béroff, Peter Donohoe, Sergei Dorensky, Barry Douglas, Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Alexander Toradze, Vladimir Feltsman, Klaus Hellwig, and the founder and director of the Verbier International Festival and Academy, Martin Engström.

The Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491, is a concerto for keyboard (usually a piano or fortepiano) and orchestra, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed the concerto in the winter of 1785-1786, finishing it on 24 March 1786, three weeks after the completion of the Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488. He premiered the work in early April 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna.

The work is one of only two minor-key piano concertos that Mozart composed, the other being the No.20 in D Minor, K.466. None of Mozart's other piano concertos features a larger array of instruments: the work is scored for strings, woodwinds, horns, trumpets and timpani. The Concerto consists of three movements. The first, Allegro, is in sonata form and is the longest opening movement for a concerto that Mozart had hitherto composed. The second movement, Larghetto, is in the relative major of E flat and features a strikingly simple principal theme. The final movement, Allegretto, returns to the home key of C minor and presents a theme followed by eight variations.

The work is one of Mozart's most advanced compositions in the concerto genre. Its early admirers included Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. Musicologist Arthur Hutchings considered it to be Mozart's greatest piano concerto.


Ο 15ος Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος ήταν αφιερωμένος στην 175η επέτειο από τη γέννηση του μεγάλου Ρώσου συνθέτη, πραγματοποιήθηκε στη Μόσχα και στην Αγία Πετρούπολη από τις 15 Ιουνίου έως τις 3 Ιουλίου 2015.

Στο πλαίσιο του δεύτερου γύρου – στο δεύτερο από τα δύο στάδια – του διαγωνισμού στην κατηγορία του πιάνου, ο Γάλλος πιανίστας Lucas Debargue, ο οποίος έλαβε την τέταρτη θέση, ερμήνευσε το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 24 σε Ντο ελάσσονα, K.491, του Βόλφγκανγκ Αμαντέους Μότσαρτ. Την Ορχήστρα Δωματίου της Μόσχας διηύθυνε ο διεθνούς φήμης Ρώσος ομποΐστας και αρχιμουσικός Alexey Utkin.

Η συναυλία έλαβε χώρα στη Μεγάλη Αίθουσα του Ωδείου της Μόσχας, στις 24 Ιουνίου 2015.

Ο Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος πραγματοποιείται κάθε τέσσερα χρόνια, είναι ίσως ο σημαντικότερος διαγωνισμός στο χώρο της κλασικής μουσικής. Ο διαγωνισμός διοργανώθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 1958, περιλαμβάνοντας μόνο δύο κατηγορίες: του βιολιού και του πιάνου. Το 1962, στη δεύτερη διοργάνωση, προστέθηκε η κατηγορία του βιολοντσέλου, ενώ στην τρίτη διοργάνωση του διαγωνισμού, το 1966, προστέθηκε ακόμη η κατηγορία της φωνής.

Στον 15ο Διαγωνισμό, το 2015, συμμετείχαν περισσότεροι από εξακόσιοι καλλιτέχνες από 45 χώρες, οι οποίοι διαγωνίστηκαν και στις τέσσερεις κατηγορίες: πιάνο, βιολί, βιολοντσέλο και φωνή.

Την κριτική επιτροπή για την κατηγορία του πιάνου αποτελούσαν οι διακεκριμένοι πιανίστες Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Michel Béroff, Peter Donohoe, Sergei Dorensky, Barry Douglas, Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Alexander Toradze, Vladimir Feltsman, Klaus Hellwig, καθώς επίσης και ο Martin Engström, ιδρυτής και διευθυντής του Διεθνούς Φεστιβάλ και της Ακαδημίας του Βερμπιέρ.

Ο Βόλφγκανγκ Αμαντέους Μότσαρτ έγραψε το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 24 σε Ντο ελάσσονα, K.491, το χειμώνα του 1785-1786. Το έργο έκανε πρεμιέρα στις αρχές Απριλίου του 1786, στο Μπουργκτεάτερ στη Βιένη.

Το έργο είναι το ένα από τα δύο κοντσέρτα για πιάνο (το άλλο είναι το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 20, Κ.466), που ο συνθέτης έγραψε σε ελάσσσονα κλίμακα. Είναι, επίσης, το Κοντσέρτο του Μότσαρτ το οποίο απαιτεί τα περισσότερα όργανα: έγχορδα, ξύλινα πνευστά, κόρνα, τρομέτες και τύμπανα.

Το Κοντσέρτο αποτελείται από τρεις κινήσεις. Η πρώτη, Allegro, σε μορφή σονάτας, είναι η μεγαλύτερη εναρκτήρια κίνηση που ο Μότσαρτ είχε γράψει για κοντσέρτο μέχρι τότε. Η δεύτερη, Larghetto, σε Μι ύφεση μείζονα, διαθέτει ένα εντυπωσιακά απλό κύριο θέμα. Η τρίτη κίνηση, Allegretto, επιστρέφει στην αρχική Ντο ελάσσονα, παρουσιάζοντας ένα θέμα το οποίο ακολουθείται από οκτώ παραλλαγές.

Το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 24 είναι ένα από τα σημαντικότερα κοντσέρτα του Μότσαρτ. Στους θαυμαστές του έργου περιλαμβάνονται ο Λούντβιχ βαν Μπετόβεν και ο Γιοχάνες Μπραμς. Ο μουσικολόγος Arthur Hutchings θεωρεί ότι πρόκειται για το σπουδαιότερο κοντσέρτο για πιάνο που έγραψε ο μεγάλος Αυστριακός συνθέτης.

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XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, Second stage

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

♪ Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 (1785-1786)

i. Allegro
ii. Larghetto
iii. Allegretto

Lucas Debargue, piano – Fourth Prize

Moscow Chamber Orchestra

Conductor: Alexey Utkin

Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, June 24, 2015

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In 2015 the French pianist Lucas Debargue became the most talked-about artist of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Despite being placed 4th, his muscular and intellectual playing, combined with an intensely poetic and lyrical gift for phrasing, earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics' Award as "the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience". He was the only musician across all disciplines to do so. Soon after the competition Debargue was signed by Sony Classical, and recorded a live recital for his debut release with music by Ravel, Liszt, Chopin and Scarlatti in his native city of Paris.

Debargue was born in 1990 in a non-musical family. In 1999 he settled in Compiègne, about 90km north of Paris and began his initial piano studies at the local music school at the age of 11.

At 15 Debargue ceased piano studies having found no musical mentor to help him share his passion with others and having become frustrated at playing solely for himself. He began to work, successfully for his Baccalaureate at a local college and joined a rock band. At 17 he relocated to the capital to study for a degree in Arts and Literature at Paris Diderot University and, remarkably, ceased playing the piano altogether for three years.

In 2010 he was asked to play at the Fête de la Musique festival in Compiègne, and this marked his return to the keyboard. Shortly after he was put in touch with his current mentor and guide, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya, who is based at both the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory and the École Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot". Seeing in Debargue a future as a great interpreter, Professor Shereshevskaya admitted him into her class at the Cortot School to prepare him for grand international competitions. It was at the age of 20 when Debargue started formal piano training.

Only four years later he entered the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, and the world instantly took note of a startling and original new talent. "There hasn't been a foreign pianist who has caused such a stir since Glenn Gould's arrival in Moscow, or Van Cliburn's victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition", said The Huffington Post.

A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Debargue draws inspiration for his playing from many disciplines, including literature, painting, cinema and jazz. The core piano repertoire is central to his career, but he is also keen to present works by lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Samuel Maykapar and Nikolai Roslavets.


Το 2015 ο Γάλλος πιανίστας Lucas Debargue υπήρξε ο πιο πολυσυζητημένος καλλιτέχνης του 15ου Διεθνούς Διαγωνισμού Τσαϊκόφσκι στη Μόσχα. Παρόλο που έλαβε την τέταρτη θέση, εντυπωσίασε ιδιαίτερα τόσο τους κριτικούς όσο και το κοινό. Κέρδισε, μάλιστα, το πολυπόθητο Βραβείο των Κριτικών Μουσικής της Μόσχας. Λίγο μετά τον διαγωνισμό, ο Debargue υπέγραψε συμβόλαιο με τη Sony Classical, από την οποία πολύ σύντομα κυκλοφόρησε και την πρώτη δισκογραφική του δουλειά, με έργα των Ντομένικο Σκαρλάτι, Φρεντερίκ Σοπέν, Φραντς Λιστ, Μωρίς Ραβέλ, Έντβαρντ Γκρηγκ και Φραντς Σούμπερτ.

Ο Lucas Debargue γεννήθηκε το 1990 από γονείς που δεν είχαν σχέση με τη μουσική. Το 1999 εγκαταστάθηκε στην Κομπιέν, περίπου 90 χιλιόμετρα βόρεια του Παρισιού, όπου στην ηλικία των έντεκα άρχισε να σπουδάζει πιάνο στο τοπικό μουσικό σχολείο. Είναι εντυπωσιακό ότι ο Debargue ξεκίνησε την πρακτική του άσκηση στο πιάνο στην ηλικία των είκοσι.

The name of the oboist and conductor Alexey Utkin is now well known both in Russia and abroad. His great natural talent was developed by the brilliant musical education he has received in the Moscow Conservatory. Later he has got a wonderful experience as a member of the chamber orchestra The Moscow Virtuosi headed Vladimir Spivakov. All this made him very soon a notable figure in the modern Russian musical life.

It was Utkin's historical breakthrough which introduced oboe as a solo instrument on the world stage. In critics' opinion he "transformed oboe, an instrument of the background, into the hero of wonderful events". Having courageously started to perform all solo compositions created for oboe, he began expanding the range of the instrument and its' potentialities at the expense of the special arrangements for oboe. The performance of compositions by Antonio Pasculli became the bright example of Utkin's musical virtuosity. Today the compositions by Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Richard Strauss, Shostakovitch and Britten are all in the musician's repertoire.

Performing original works for the oboe, Alexey Utkin also expanded the range and potentialities of the instrument thanks to special arrangements for the instrument and today his repertoire as a soloist comprises numerous compositions from Bach and Vivaldi to Britten and Penderecki. The concerts with Alexey Utkin all over the world took place in the most prestigious concert halls: Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Concertgebouw, Academia Santa Cecilia, Champs Elysees Theatre, Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Auditorio Nacionale (Madrid), Hercules-Saal (Munich), Beethovenhalle (Bonn), where he is frequently invited to perform with most famous ensembles. Many of his solo programs won attention of recording companies, RCA-BMG (Classics Red Label) is one of them. Concerts by Bach for oboe and oboe d'amour, works by Rossini, Pasculli, Vivaldi, Salieri, and also compositions by Penderecki are among the recordings.

As a soloist Alexey Utkin performed with such famous musicians as Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Eliso Virsaladze, Alexander Rudin, Nikolai Petrov, Valery Popov, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Elena Obraztsova and many other stars of the classical stage, he also cooperated with famous drama actors: Alexander Filippenko, Mikhail Kozakov and Alexander Sokolov. Alexey Utkins experiments with famous jazz musicians, Igor Butman, Valery Grokhovsky, Mikhail and Andrey Ivanov, and performers of ethnic music are of great interest.

On the peak of his solo career, Alexey Utkin also established his reputation as a talented conductor and inventive musician whose projects thanks to his musical broadmindedness are extremely interesting both for the philharmonic audience and for the fans of the alternative trends of music and theatre.

In 2000 Utkin set up and headed The Ensemble of Soloists "Hermitage". The ensemble housed performances in the best halls of Russia, toured abroad, participated in international contests, gave concerts with many famous singers, instrumentalists and actors, and recorded over 10 CDs. The repertoire of the "Hermitage" includes instrumental and choral compositions of various epochs: Bach cantatas, Handel operas, fragments from operas by Verdi and Mozart as well as musical pieces written on the borderline of different musical styles combining jazz, rock and ethnic trends. The ensemble gave a few multi-genre performances on the basis of works by Russian writers Pushkin, Gogol, Tutchev. Noteworthy is also the participation of Alexey Utkin and his ensemble "Hermitage" in the production "Portrait" by N. Gogol in the Moscow Youth Theatre.

Alexey Utkin successfully combines concert activities with the professorship in P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. In 2010 Utkin was invited to take the position of the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the State Academic Chamber orchestra of Russia.

The musician plays exclusively on Lorée instruments. He has notably represented F. Lorée at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS).


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See also

Lucas Debargue – All the posts

The winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015

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