The Philharmonia Hungary Concert Agency organizes a visit of the Russian National Orchestra to Hungary headed by the world-famous pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev. The Russian National Orchestra did not need several decades of hard, arduous work to be ranked among the best: it was planned to be extraordinary from the beginning. Founded by Mikhail Pletnev in 1990, it is the first non-state subsidized, private capital financed symphony orchestra in Russia that got to the forefront almost immediately. They made their début at the BBC Promenade concerts in 1996; their concerts are regularly broadcast by the most varied radio stations of the world. The Russian National Orchestra widely tours the world: they appear all over Europe, Asia and America. The Trinity Mirror writes of their performance as follows: "It is closer to perfection than anyone could hope". The review of their first CD in the magazine Gramophone spoke of "an amazingly inspiring experience; how can human beings play so?" and regarded one of their Tchaikovsky recordings as the best in history. Their more than 80 recordings were released on German Grammophon and PentaTone Classics label as well as by several other prestigious record companies. In 2004 the ensemble was the first among the Russian orchestras to receive the Grammy award, the greatest distinction of music industry.
Their concert at the Erkel Theatre on 24 January 2015 will comprise masterpieces of Russian romanticism ranging from little-known to hit-like popular works. The Suite in E major ("From the Middle Ages", op. 79) by Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was composed in St. Petersburg in 1902; it promises to be an interesting encounter as the work is almost entirely missing from the Hungarian concert repertory. Following the prelude of the suite, the programme of the Russian ensemble continues with one of Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions - and perhaps of the whole music literature -, the Violin Concerto in D major (op. 35). Written in 1878, it was dedicated to Lipót Auer. Tchaikovsky's music is the deepest when it gets sensually pure and polished. The Russian master is one of the few composers beside Mozart and Schubert who is capable of bringing out the sorrow and tragic tone of the major chords. At the end of the Budapest concert the Symphony in E minor No. 5 (op. 64) originating ten years later will be heard. The soloist of the violin concerto will be the excellent young Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti, the winner of several competitions.
Kristóf Baráti has won numerous international competitions; he was awarded, among others, the first prize at the Moscow Paganini Competition regarded as the violinists' Oscar. Fanfare wrote about him: "A similar talent may be encountered every decade, moreover, generation at best." Travelling all over the world the artist has appeared with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the French Radio Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester etc. In acknowledgement of his achievements he was first awarded the Príma- and Liszt-Prizes, and then in 2014 the Kossuth-Prize and the Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize. Kristóf Baráti plays on a 1703 built Lady Harmsworth Stradivari instrument put at his disposal by the Chicago Stradivari Society.
Glazunov: Prelude to the Suite "From the Middle Ages"
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
P. I. Tchaivkovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor