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Prokofiev’s birthday, folks!

Prokofiev’s birthday, folks!

On April the 23rd, exactly 130 years ago, a great innovator was born in Moscow, instilling “awe and terror“ into the contemporaries with his music, according to their memories. It is now that he is perceived as, say, Tchaikovsky, and even the world-renowned conductor Gergiev has called him “Mozart of the 20th century”. Back in his day, Prokofiev had been criticized very often, although his recognition was great as well — he’d been awarded six times with the highest award in the USSR alone!

The Slovak Philharmonic will not pass up Maestro’s anniversary. There are two performances of Alexander Nevsky Cantata planned for July 2021. The only thing that could get in the way are the quarantine regulations, which are hopefully going to be reconsidered by June.
As for me, I’m preparing several of Prokofiev’s romances for recording. Although this time, it is me who is performing the piano part. So I’m going to have a premiere as a pianist! Frankly speaking, the last time I’ve performed as an accompanist was back in the studentship days during a “vocalists-pianists are playing” concert, so I’m a little nervous. Just a tiny bit.

See you in the vast spaces of YouTube!

“Lascia ch’io pianga” a fresh vision

We’ve done this! A fantasia on the topic of “Rinaldo” by Händel can be found on my YouTube channel. Big thanks to Paul Dubrovsky for the incredibly powerful composition; I’ve had so much fun and gained priceless experience participating in a new genre for me. I must admit, I’d love to keep it going; my mind is buzzing with ideas.

New record is on its way

Last week I’ve recorded a solo part for a piece that is soon going to be revealed to the public. I think the song turned out to be highly charged, and I’m very proud of the completed work. All this time the one working his magic alongside me was Paul Dubrovsky – a composer and a performer of his incredible works. As it often happens in life, we met by a chance, and you’ll hear what this meeting resulted into very soon – just a little bit of patience!

Happy New Year!

Dear friends, 2021 has arrived at last. Despite everything, the elapsed year has given me lots of artistic moments, many new friends and ideas. I’m incredibly happy that I’ve been able to carry on working, improving myself, changing and experimenting. There is so much marvellous music in this world, interesting new performers emerging each and every day and inspiring us to keep going forward. Folks, I wish you all good health, strength, self-fulfilment and for all your wishes to come true. Happy New Year!

© Elena Shatokhina