21 April
Vadim Tsibulevsky – violin
Pamela Smits – cello
Rafael Kyrychenko – piano

The enchantments and disappointments of Mother Russia captured in beautiful music. In good times, but also in times of oppression, artists have always created beautiful works: in literature, in painting, and also in music.

Rachmaninoff fled to America just before the Russian Revolution, but he wrote this piano trio as an 18-year-old student at the conservatory in Moscow. It is an homage to his mentor and elderly friend Tchaikovsky. Also Shostakovich composed his first piano trio, originally titled Poème, as a teenager when he was still at the conservatory in Leningrad. Initially admired, he later was frequently opposed by the Stalin regime and had to fear for the knock on the door in the middle of the night, which meant death or deportation to a penal camp in Siberia.

Tchaikovsky was considered a national treasure and admired and adored by all strata of society and he thoroughly enjoyed the nightlife. Yet his life was punctuated by personal crises, depression, and self-doubt. Even though his orientation was to a large extent already a matter of public knowledge, homosexuality was a tricky subject in 19th century Imperial Russia. The grand piano trio was a commissioned work and he struggled writing it. It ended up being a triumph!

Pamela Smits embarks on this Russian adventure together with the concertmaster of the Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra, Vadim Tsibulevsky (former Soviet Union), and outstanding talent Rafael Kyrychenko, who literally have this soulful music in their blood. We look forward to an enchanting concert!

Russia; Enchantment and Disillusions

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor 

Four Duo's for Violin and Cello,
Opus 39 

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Opus 8  


Piano Trio in A minor, Opus 50

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