Russian Masters: Classical Music Inspirations in Malta

“Music is an incomparably more powerful means and is a subtler language for expressing the thousand different moments of the soul’s moods.” – said Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky one of the most popular Russian composers in music history. If you can’t recognise him by name, you will certainly recognise his work. Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker – sounds familiar?

The famous composer’s work together with the masterpieces of Dmitri Shostakovich will be performed by Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on 5th February, 2017 at the 16th century building now known as Mediterranean Conference Centre. Since we’ve recently introduced you to our ‘Russian Masters’ Accommodation Offer we thought you might be interested in finding out more about the classical concert not to be missed while visiting Malta.

The first part of the performance will entice you with sounds of Tchaikovsky’s well received the First Piano Concerto.


Tchaikowski piano concerto No 1

The first time German conductor, pianist and composer Hans von Bülow heard the piece he described it as a “true gem” with “unsurpassed originality, such nobility, such strength (…) such a maturity of form, such style—its design and execution, with such consonant harmonies” – don’t you just wish to flow in these sounds and experience the fascination found in Tchaikovsky’s music? Highly-acclaimed Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto that is not only one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular compositions, but also one of the best-known piano concertos in the world.

The second part of the performance will be no less impressive with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony telling a dramatic story of Stalin’s oppressive regime pressures in 1937. Artists under the Communist rule had a restricted freedom of expression and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony is a controversial example of artistic expression created to superficially satisfy the officials while reflecting on the real hardship the audience related to. The premiere of the Fifth Symphony was a huge success receiving an ovation that lasted over half an hour brilliantly illustrating the conflicting period of time and celebrating the power of arts.

Weld in the historical evidence of musical power that brought hope and protest despite the public fear and constraint. Do you feel compelled already? It gets only better. Visit Malta, stay at a 5 star hotel and get a free ticket to the classic music concert performed by The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra – what can be a better way to have a perfect cultural getaway in winter?

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