Alexander Malofeev

Alexander Malofeev
Alexander Malofeev, pianist (b. 2001, Moscow). Photo by Liudmila Malofeeva

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring | Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor | Jared Miller: Luster – Seong-Jin Cho, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano – Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:45 AM EDT (GMT-4) – Livestream

Seong-Jin Cho (Photo by Radek Pietruszka)

Detroit, May 15, 2018. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, and Jader Bignamini will step in to conduct the final three weekends of concerts in the orchestra's 2017-2018 Classical Series. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin was forced to withdraw from these programs two weeks ago after tests revealed that he needed heart surgery. Maestro Slatkin underwent a successful triple bypass heart operation on May 8 and is expected to fully recover and return to conducting in about three months.

The three programs, which were to be Maestro Slatkin's final concerts as DSO music director following his tenth anniversary season, are unchanged and feature major symphonic works, opera in concert, and world premieres by three young American composers.

In week two, Robert Spano, longtime Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will conduct a program featuring Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 with guest soloist Seong-JinCho, and the world premiere of Canadian-American composer and pianist Jared Miller's Luster, also commissioned by the DSO for Maestro Slatkin's season-long project to feature new concert opening works by young American composers.


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Jared Miller (1988)

♪ Luster (2017) (World Premiere)

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

♪ Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 (1830)*

i. Allegro maestoso
ii. Larghetto
iii. Rondo: Vivace

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

♪ The Rite of Spring (1910-1913)

Part I. L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth)

i. Introduction
ii. Les Augures printaniers (Augurs of Spring)
iii. Jeu du rapt (Ritual of Abduction)
iv. Rondes printanières (Spring Rounds)
v. Jeux des cités rivales (Ritual of the Rival Tribes)
vi. Cortège du sage: Le Sage (Procession of the Sage: The Sage)
vii. Embrasse de la terre (Kiss of the Earth)
viii. Danse de la terre (Dance of the Earth)

Part II. Le Sacrifice (The Sacrifice)

ix. Introduction
x. Cercles mystérieux des adolescentes (Mystic Circles of the Young Girls)
xi. Glorification de l'élue (Glorification of the Chosen One)
xii. Evocation des ancêtres (Evocation of the Ancestors)
xiii. Action rituelle des ancêtres (Ritual Action of the Ancestors)
xiv. Danse sacrale (L'Élue) (Sacrificial Dance)

Seong-Jin Cho, piano*

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Robert Spano

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Live from Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit

Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:45 AM EDT (GMT-4) / 05:45 PM EEST (UTC+3)

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Photo by Grzegorz Śledź

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and considered one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colorful playing can combine panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world's attention in Fall 2015 when he won the coveted First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw. This same competition launched the careers of world-class artists such as ‎Martha Argerich, ‎Maurizio Pollini, or ‎Krystian Zimerman.

In January 2016, Seong-Jin signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The first recording was released in November 2016 featuring Chopin's First Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and the Four Ballades. A solo Debussy was then released in November 2017. Both albums won impressive critical acclaim worldwide.

An active recitalist, he performs in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls. In the 2018-2019 season, he will return to the main stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Keyboard Virtuoso series where he had sold out in 2017. He will also return to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw in the Master Pianists series and will play recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal (Berliner Philharmonic concert series), Frankfurt's Alte Oper, Los Angeles' Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles Philharmonic recital series), Zurich's Tonhalle-Maag, Stockholm's Konserthuset, Munich's Prinzregententheater, Chicago's Mandel Hall, Lyon's Auditorium, La Roque d'Anthéron Festival, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Festival among several other venues.

During that season, he will play with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, at the Barbican Centre, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Philharmonie, Finnish Radio Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, Philadelphia Orchestra and David Afkham, Orchestra della Scala with Myung-Whun Chung. He will also tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda in venues like Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the WDR Sinfonieorchester and Marek Janowski in Germany and with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Antonio Pappano in Asia.

He collaborates with conductors at the highest level such as Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Krzysztof Urbanski, Fabien Gabel, Marek Janowski, Vassily Petrenko, Jakub Hrusa, Leonard Slatkin or Mikhail Pletnev.

In November 2017, Seong-Jin stepped in for Lang Lang with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong-Kong and Seoul. Other major orchestral appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Mariinsky Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, ND Elbphilharmonie Orchester, RAI Symphony Orchestra, Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester.

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Seong-Jin Cho started learning the piano at 6 and gave his first public recital at age 11. In 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of Japan's Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In 2011, he won Third prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 17. In 2012, he moved to Paris to study with Michel Béroff at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he graduated in 2015. He is now based in Berlin.


Photo by Jeff Roffman
Conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher Robert Spano (b. 1961, Conneaut, Ohio) is known worldwide for the intensity of his artistry and distinctive communicative abilities, creating a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras. Beginning his 17th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, this highly imaginative conductor is an approachable artist with the innate ability to share his enthusiasm for music with an entire community and concert hall. A fervent mentor to rising artists, he is responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous celebrated composers, conductors and performers, and enjoys collaborations with composers and musicians of all ages, backgrounds, and ability. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students and rising artists.

The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Spano's commitment to American contemporary music. He has led ASO performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals. Guest engagements have included the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the  San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Oregon, Utah, and Kansas City Symphonies, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras. Internationally, Maestro Spano has led the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfonica Estado Sao Paulo, the Melbourne Symphony in Australia, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. His opera performances include Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and the 2005 and 2009 Seattle Opera productions of Wagner's Ring cycles. Spano also holds a conductor residency with the Colburn School Orchestra in Los Angeles.

With a discography of critically-acclaimed recordings for Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, and ASO Media, Robert Spano has won six Grammy Awards with the Atlanta Symphony. Spano is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory and has received honorary doctorates from Bowling Green State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, and Oberlin. Maestro Spano is one of two classical musicians inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and makes his home in Atlanta.


Leonard Slatkin (Photo by Delphine Warin)
The 2017-2018 season marks Leonard Slatkin's tenth and final year as Music Director of the DSO before he transitions to the new role of Music Director Laureate. Maestro Slatkin's commitment to new music, reaching audiences in new ways, and the American orchestral tradition has had a transformational effect on the DSO. On Friday, May 4, Slatkin announced that he would need to undergo heart surgery and withdraw from conducting the final Classical Series concerts of his tenth anniversary season. As Music Director Laureate, Leonard will conduct eight programs in the 2018-2019 season, including Opening Weekend, the February American Festival, and the season finale in June.

On June 23, the DSO will honor Slatkin at its eighth annual Heroes Gala alongside philanthropists and longtime DSO supporters Penny and Harold Blumenstein. Additional details about the Heroes Gala will be announced in the near future.

The DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc. The May 31 - June 2 Rite of Spring performances are additionally supported by Honigman LLP.


Photo by Radek Pietruszka

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

Chopin, the son of a French father and a Polish mother, was born the same year as Schumann (one later than Mendelssohn, one before Liszt). Before consumption killed him in his 40th year, he had developed both an elegantly sensual pianism and a keyboard oeuvre without expressive parallel. His twin gods were Bach and Mozart (as if Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert never existed); in turn he influenced keyboard composers for nearly a century after – Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Dvořák, Debussy, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, and Ravel.

Although we cannot ignore developments in piano manufacture, especially by Pleyel of Paris, it was Chopin's artistry that prompted Schumann to write in 1830, "Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!" Parisian critics, who were then Europe's most cosmopolitan, dubbed him "the Ariel of the piano", although in his lifetime he played in public only 50 times, just once a solo recital, and for audiences usually no larger than 100 listeners.

Before his emigration to Paris in 1831 he had composed six works for piano and orchestra (but nothing orchestral after those), including two concertos published in reverse order. The E minor was issued in 1833, the F minor "Second" in 1836 although Chopin composed it in 1829, when he was 19. Both reflect his infatuation with Vincenzo Bellini's operas, especially Norma, whose ornamentation he adapted and personalized, to the extent of basing his theme-and-variations slow movement in Concerto No.1 on embellishments.

In the classical style that Mozart bequeathed to Beethoven, principal themes of the Allegro maestoso are introduced by the orchestra, at uncommon length which adds admirably to the suspense. Once the piano enters, it dominates. Although the opening subject is marked maestoso, subsequent ones are glowingly lyrical and gorgeously ornamented, even before their development in E minor/major. There is a coda but no cadenza per se (although the entire solo part may be likened to a cadenza).

Chopin wrote, during the composition of the Larghetto (E major/C sharp minor) homage to Bellini, "I am using muted strings – I wonder how they will sound?" He described it as having "a romantic, calm, and rather melancholy character... a kind of moonlight reverie on a beautiful spring night".

The main theme of the Rondo: Vivace in E major has been called both a polka and a Krakowiac; beginning in E major, Chopin modulates to A major for the episode. Before a dashing conclusion, he ventures into E flat, then B major in the episode's return.

The concerto is altogether a prize although its orchestration is neither artful nor brilliant; nonetheless this compares favorably with Schumann's or Hummel's in a well-conducted performance, and the piano writing is nonpareil.

Source: Roger Dettmer (

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring, original French "Le Sacre du printemps: tableaux de la Russie païenne en deux partie", English in full "The Rite of Spring: Pictures from Pagan Russia in Two Parts", ballet by Russian modernist composer Igor Stravinsky that premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on May 29, 1913. It is considered one of the first examples of Modernism in music and is noted for its brutality, its barbaric rhythms, and its dissonance. Its opening performance provided one of the most scandalous premieres in history, with pro and con members of the audience arguing so volubly that the dancers were unable to take their cues from the orchestra. The Rite of Spring still strikes many contemporary listeners as a startlingly modern work.

The piece was commissioned by the noted impresario of the Ballets Russes, Serge Diaghilev, who earlier had produced the young composer's "The Firebird" (1910) and "Petrushka" (1911). Stravinsky developed the story of "The Rite of Spring", originally to be called "The Great Sacrifice", with the aid of artist and mystic Nicholas Roerich, whose name appears with the composer's on the title page of the earliest publications of the score. The production was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, and its sets and costumes were designed by Roerich.

Like Stravinsky's earlier works for the Ballet Russes, "The Rite of Spring" was inspired by Russian culture, but, unlike them, it challenged the audience with its chaotic percussive momentum.

In the mid-20th century, Stravinsky revised the orchestration for concert performance, and that version of the score remains the version that is most commonly performed. In 1987, however, the ballet as it was first conceived and performed, with original set and costumes and Nijinsky's choreography (which had been seen for only seven performances before it was superseded by new choreography from Léonide Massine), was painstakingly reconstructed and re-created by the Joffrey Ballet. The centenary of the ballet's premiere prompted other ballet companies, notably the Mariinsky in St Petersburg, to also revive the work in its original form.

Source: Betsy Schwarm (

Photo by Harald Hoffmann

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See also

Frédéric Chopin: Four Ballades – Seong-Jin Cho

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor & other works – Olga Kern, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit (Audio video)

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor – Evgeny Kissin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

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