Città di Castello, Saint Domenico Church
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Anush Nikoghosyan violin
Eduard Topchjan conductor
Modest Musorgskij, Night on Bald Mountain musical picture
Aram Khačaturjan, Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra
Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov, Schéhérazade symphonic poem op. 35
Two cornerstones of the Russian music by Musorgskij and Rimskij-Korsakov and the most famous composer of Armenian origin; Aram Khačaturjan. The combination is not casual: it aims to focus on the relation which the Armenian culture established with the Russian one during the XIX and XX centuries and which started to be more important after the first World War, when Armenia became one of the republic of the former Soviet Union. Although he was fascinated by the Russian musical suggestions, first as a student and then as a composer, conductor and coordinator and finally as a teacher at the Conservatory of the Capital, Khačaturjan has never forgotten to show in his compositions the deep love he had for the traditional Armenian culture. This affection results evident in his Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra, presented in Moscow in 1940: one of the most important piece of the Armenian repertoire, strong suite of the most brilliant violinists. In Città di Castello it will be performed by the young Anush Nikoghosyan, conducted by Eduard Topchjan, director of the prestigious Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.