Born in Rostov-on-Don, Sergey Pospelov is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Eduard Grach (2014). He won the 1st David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow (2006), the 41st Concertino Praga International Competition for Young Musicians (2007), the 15th Alberto Curci International Violin Competition in Naples (2008), and the 6th Abram Yampolsky Competition in Moscow (2012). He performs regularly in Russian cities, as well as in Italy, France, Poland, Israel, China, and Japan. He collaborates with the Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra among others.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major was written while Tchaikovsky was on vacation at Lake Geneva. The concerto only took a month to compose. He was joined by his pupil (and lover) Iosif Kotek. Together they played and composed. Moreover, they played Édouardo Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. They fell in love with the beautiful melodies and the overall lightness of the piece. It was a stark contrast to the darkness of the piano concerto he was previously working on.
Tchaikovsky wanted to dedicate his violin concerto to Kotek but he was afraid of the gossip that would surround them. He decided to dedicate it to Leopold Auer . However despite already having the premier scheduled and the copy published, Auer refused to play it. He didn’t think it was good enough and didn’t want to hurt his career. Tchaikovsky had to postpone the premier until he could find another soloist. That soloist was Adolph Brodsky who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major for the first time on December 4, 1881 in Vienna.
It has become known as one of the most important violin works in the history of Romantic music.
Allegro moderato (D major)
Canzonetta: Andante (G minor)
Finale: Allegro vivacissimo (D major)
Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Marosszék
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) is the inventor of the Kodály System of Musical Education and the composer of Dances of Marossék. He began working on it in 1923. he put it aside to work on Psalms hungaricus. He picked it up again and finished it in 1927. It was initially written for the piano, which surprised those who knew him because he played the cello and was not known for his piano playing abilities. Dances of Marossék is based on Hungarian fold sons that originated in the Székeley province of Hungary.