An Evening of Russian Classical Music by ORT & Pianist Dmitry Masleev

Pianist Dmitry Masleev is headlining at Teatro Verdi

Feb. 29: ORT concert conducted by Andrea Battistoni with soloist Dmitry Masleev (piano). Teatro Verdi, Via Giuseppe Verdi 11, Florence.  9 pm. Admission €22, reduced €18, under 30 €10, students €5.

Teatro Verdi is hosting a performance by the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by globally-recognized Andrea Battistoni and accompanied by pianist Dmitry Masleev this Thursday evening. The program highlights Russian styles in music with Italian and Serbian influences, offering an evening of cross-cultural compositions.

The general theme of evening is the exploration of classical Russian music, with an engaging nationalistic set list. The performance of Sinfonietta by Rimsky-Korsakov is symbolic; a piece with an Italian title by a trailblazing Russian composer showing intersectionality between the two cultures in music. The orchestra will also perform the classic Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin, a work which depicts interactions between Russians and Asians in Central Asia during the rule of the tsars. In particular, Masleev’s musical expertise will undoubtedly engage the audience during Tchaikovsky’s Concerto op. 23, a 19th century piece, renowned for its complexity and passion. This intimidatingly challenging work is always mastered by Masleev with ease and skill in his performances, certainly confirming his status as a “super-soloist” of his genre, as he was described by French radio “France Musique.” Masleev builds on the material he uses by delivering compositions on piano in a uniquely individual way that expresses his own voice and emotion.

Battistoni is a highly accomplished artist, having worked as the principal conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for the past seven years. A performance in Italy is a rare occasion, since he scarcely returns to Europe. Described by a music critic as “A technical talent made up of rigor and flexibility,” Battistoni transforms the music he composes into a wonderful and energetic adventure. He truly is a fascinatingly emotive conductor to witness; the way he interacts with his orchestras brings the intensity of the music to life

The ORT’s home in the beautiful and iconic Teatro Verdi, which has scarcely changed since its inauguration in 1864. The orchestra is nationally recognized, absolutely one of the best in Europe, and has proved itself more than capable of performing alongside international talent.  (Jessica Baird)

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