#chamber music


Vladimir Martynov (b. 1946)
“Machine of Memories” for solo piano (2017)
Performed by the author

Vladimir Martynov – a composer, pianist, musicologist, writer, and philosopher – will perform one of his last large-scale compositions for solo piano, the “Machine of Memories” at Dom Radio. The minimalistic work lasts more than an hour and, according to the first listeners, represents “an experience of comprehending the fluidity of time”, “mind-enveloping minimalism, studded with flashes of memories, manifested by unexpected sparks on a huge meditative canvas.”


Cezar Franck (1822 – 1890)
Sonato for cello and piano (1886)
Allegretto ben moderato
Recitativo-Fantasia. Ben moderato — Molto lento
Allegretto poco mosso

Alexey Zhilin, cello
Nikolay Mazhara, piano

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Trio for piano, violin and cello, М. 67 (1914)
Pantoum. Assez vif
Passacaille. Très large
Final. Animé

Olga Volkova, violin
Alexey Zhilin, cello
Nikolay Mazhara, piano


17 April, 20:00
musicAeterna Orchestra Soloists. Franck, Ravel
The soloists of the musicAeterna orchestra will present two outstanding chamber compositions of the late Romanticism and Impressionism periods.

The sonata by Cesar Frank, originally written for violin and piano as a wedding gift to the Belgian virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, became one of the composer’s most performed works over the following century and a half. Maurice Ravel’s trio, begun on the eve of the World War I, and completed hastily right before he was sent to the army, concludes a significant period in the composer’s work. It was in the Trio that the composer’s connection with Basque folklore became tangible for the first time.

In the chamber concert of the musicAeterna orchestra soloists three 20th century compositions written in, tentatively speaking, the “traditional” classical-academic style meet.Ernő Dohnányi’s early Serenade for string trio was deliberately built according to the classicist model: the composer took a sample of the Serenade for string trio by Ludwig van Beethoven. The Sonata for cello and piano by the 20th century British classic Benjamin Britten was his first work written for Mstislav Rostropovich. Next to the two pillars of the 20th century chamber repertoire, the “Sentimental Suite” by the Russian composer Vitaly Khodosh, who worked as a professor at the Rostov Conservatory for many years, will be performed.

30 April, 21:00
musicAeterna Orchestra Soloists. Tchaikovsky
The concert of the musicAeterna orchestra soloists is dedicated to two chamber works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The first string quartet was written specifically for the author’s concert: the composer turned to the genre on the advice of Anton Rubinstein. The quartet gained immediate recognition. Leo Tolstoy, who was at odds with contemporary music, as witnessed by others who attended the concert, cried during the performance of the second part.

Nikolai Kashkin, who was visiting Tchaikovsky during the creation of the first edition of Souvenir de Florence, recalled: “When composing the sextet, at the start Pyotr Ilyich complained that it was very difficult for him to cope with this task; a few days later he reported that things were going better, and then half-jokingly said that it was difficult to write otherwise than for a sextet.”

Vitaly Khodosh (1945 — 2016)

Sentimental Suite for violin and piano (1976)

Maria Stratonovich, violin
Nikolai Mazhara, piano

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)

Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 65 (1961)
Dialogo. Allegro
Scherzo-Pizzicato. Allegretto
Elegia. Lento
Marcia. Energico
Moto perpetuo. Presto

Miriam Prandi, cello
Nikolai Mazhara, piano

Ernő (Ernst von) Dohnányi (1877 — 1960)

Serenade for violin, viola and cello, Op. 10 (1902 – 1903)
Marcia. Allegro
Romanza. Adagio non troppo
Scherzo. Vivace
Tema con variazioni. Andante con moto

Maria Stratonovich, violin
Nail Bakiyev, viola
Miriam Prandi, cello


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)

String Quartet No. 1, D major, Op. 11 (1871)
Moderato e semplice
Andante cantabile
Scherzo. Allegro non tanto e con fuoco – Trio
Finale. Allegro giusto – Allegro vivace

Andrej Roszyk, violin
Yana Shchegoleva, violin
Evgeny Shchegolev, viola
Vladimir Slovachevsky, cello

String sextet “Souvenir de Florence”, D minor, Op. 70 (1890, 1892)
Allegro con spirito
Adagio cantabile e con moto
Allegretto moderato
Allegro vivace

Andrej Roszyk, violin
Yana Shchegoleva, violin
Irina Sopova, viola
Evgeny Shchegolev, viola
Evgeny Rumyantsev, cello
Andrey Efimovsky, cello


October 25, 1893 (old style) was the day Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died. On this memorial day, we are sharing with you a recording of a music piece which sounds particularly touching given the occasion. Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) has written a cycle titled “October 25, 1893 (In Memory of P.I. Tchaikovsky)”. The cycle […]
The “Byzantine Gifts” project The new season is going to begin on September 17 with a cultural and educational project focused on Byzantine culture. The cycle of lectures and roundtable discussions will cover the Byzantine legacy in its entirety, from religion to music and architecture. The events are scheduled to happen twice a month. Moderated […]
The best violinist of the 18th century who had served the Salzburg archbishop 100 years before Mozart; the greatest composer of the pre-Bach era (according to P. Hindemith); creator of the “Rosary” for violin, the Salzburg mass for 53 voices and an array of sacred and worldly music pieces which showcased his masterful technique, energetic […]
A collaboration between musicAeterna and Con Spirito In the second part of the lecture, Lyalya Kandaurova breaks down all the five parts (prelude, fugue, scherzo, intermezzo, and final) of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Quintet”. Laid out in a clear and detailed manner, the intricacies of the score are illustrated by ensemble musicians. The lecture was recorded […]
A collaboration between musicAeterna and Con Spirito As part of the collaboration between musicAeterna and the Con Spirito musical lectorium, we are sharing with you a recording of “Piano Quintet in G minor” by Dmitri Shostakovich. Combining elements of old German music with Stalin-era “Big Style” features, this piece of chamber music is performed by […]
A collaboration between musicAeterna and Con Spirito