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Swiss Premiere of Benjamin Yusopov’s Viola Concerto in Lucerne

The Russian-Israeli composer Benjamin Yusupov’s greatest successes have so far been with his concertos. He has up until now composed concertos for flute, viola, violoncello and piano, and was himself the soloist at the premiere of the last-named work. One could almost designate the individual works as parts of a cycle, for they reveal similarities in their compositional structure and their relationship between solo instrument and orchestra. Three of these concertos are dedicated to outstanding instrumentalists: the flutist Matthias Ziegler, the violinist and violist Maxim Vengerov and the latest work of this series to cellist Misha Maisky. The dedicatees and their playing techniques, studied in detail by Yusupov, have also at times influenced the character of the compositions. Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky, and others with whom he has worked, are first-class masters, Yusupov once explained. “This kind of collaboration between composer and soloist can make an important contribution and is also a challenge for the composer. What would Alfred Schnittke be without Gidon Kremer and Gennady Roshdestvensky, or Giya Kacheli without Jansug Kachidse?”

Many of these concertos have long been taken up by other soloists in their repertoires. This is also the case with the Viola Concerto, of which the violist David Aaron Carpenter will present the Swiss premiere on 11/12 June 2008 in Lucerne with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Other works by Yusupov being performed at this concert are “Postludium” and “Go Tango.”

11/12 June 2008

Tango Viola

Benjamin Yusupov:

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (Swiss Premiere)

Postludium (Swiss Premiere)

Go Tango (Swiss Premiere)

Sergei Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra has provided the following introduction:

“Benjamin Yusupov brings together metal-rock, electric guitars, classic-baroque musical forms, oriental sounds, bandoneon and tango rhythms in his Viola Concerto to form a common, integrated musical language. But that is not all: not only will David Aaron Carpenter play this on his viola – often in extremely high registers, incidentally – but he will also deliver a fiery tango to conclude things, together with an extremely charming partner, Mariana Fresno.”