Elena Revich & Polina Osetinskaya
Language: Nonverbal
Duration: 90 min
03 Oct, 20:00
Igor Stravinsky Divertimento
for violin and piano (1934)

Leonid Desyatnikov
Wie der alte Leiermann… for violin and piano (1997)

Alfred Schnittke
Sonata No. 2 (Quasi una Sonata) for violin and piano (1968)

Valentin Silvestrov
Post scriptum
for violin and piano (1990)
The duo recital by Polina Osetinskaya and Elena Revich deploys a broad spectrum of musical deconstruction of classical formal models in a range between Stravinsky and Silvestrov. Each of the pieces performed corresponds to some other segment of musical tradition. Stravinsky's Divertimento (1934) is based on the music for his ballet, “Le Baiser de la fée,” which itself was inspired by the great ballet music of Tchaikovsky. The composer Leonid Desyatnikov, who was born in Kharkiv and lives in Israel, offers up “Wie der alte Leiermann..." (1997), which transforms the final song of Schubert's “Winterreise” into several delicate fragments that tend to disappear. The violin sonata “Post Scriptum,” composed in 1990 by Ukrainian classical composer Valentin Silvestrov, explores musical time in the spirit of the composer's invented philosophy of meta-music, which considers all musical tradition as a field of creative empathy and interpretation. Finally, Alfred Schnittke's Second Violin Sonata (1968) marks the transition to post-modernism; the framework of the classical sonata is only glimpsed thanks to the expressive material. The piece sounds like a string of fragments, which at the same time convey a dramaturgical stringency through their structural clarity.
Elena Revich, violin
Polina Osetinskaya, piano
Elena was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. She graduated from Moscow State Conservatory in 1997. A year later, she became a laureate of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition. Elena is the creator of numerous innovative ideas in the field of music, and the art industry. She has performed in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Beethoven Hall in Bonn, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the Duisburg Opera House, the Verdi Hall in Milan, the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, the Nice Opera Theatre, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, and other renowned venues. Numerous leading young composers from Russia and abroad have composed concertos and chamber works specially for her, including Sergej Newski with the "Cloud Ground" concerto for violin and orchestra (2017), which she performed with the MusicAeterna Orchestra under the direction of Teodor Currentzis. She is a laureate of the Triumph youth award, and the American critics' prize for her album "Les Fleurs du Mal" (2015).
Born in Moscow, Polina began playing piano at the age of five, performing her first solo concert at the Vilnius Conservatory at the age of just six years, thus achieving the status of the most gifted young pianist in the Soviet Union. Later, she worked with mentors Marina Wolf in St. Petersburg and Vera Gornostaeva in Moscow, both of whom were successors to Heinrich Neuhaus's performing school. Polina maintains an active concert schedule, performing such classic composers as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederic Chopin, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as such contemporaries as Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Vladimir Martynov, Georgs Pelēcis, and Pavel Karmanov. Polina has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Vienna's Musikverein, London's Barbican, Rome's Teatro Argentina, as well as at major concert venues and festivals all around the world.