So. 12. May '24 18:00 Uhr
Essen UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein – Salzlager

Alexander Melnikov



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Dmitri Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues op. 87

His astonishing virtuosity serves Alexander Melnikov, who has been known to a broad public since winning the internationally renowned Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 1991 at the latest, only one higher goal: the absolute penetration of musical material.

And it is not absolutely necessary to play the romantic and late-romantic piano concertos of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky or Prokofiev to achieve this. It is enough to turn to the Preludes and Fugues op. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich (who, like Rachmaninov and Prokofiev himself, was an excellent pianist), the cycle with which Shostakovich created a musical monument to his greatest role model, Johann Sebastian Bach. Listening to Melnikov play these pieces, one experiences the great and rare fortune of understanding the works from the inside out, as it were; their contrapuntal logic, their semantics, their musical gesture. However, Melnikov is by no means a didactician imparting his wisdom to the audience; it is the musical messages themselves that he conveys and thus steps out of the centre of the action; it is not the interpreter who speaks here, but the music.

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UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein – Salzlager

Heinrich-Imig-Straße 11

45141 Essen
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Alexander Melnikov

Alexander Melnikov completed his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include an early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. He was awarded important prizes at eminent competitions such as the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991).


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