The Russian composer and pianist performed a solo concert «Tchaikovsky. Royal Ballet Gala».
(Kazan, March 12, Tatar-inform, Anna Tarletskaya). In the Big Concert Hall named after S. Saidashev, a concert by Karen Kornienko «Tchaikovsky. Royal Ballet Gala». One of the most prominent Russian pianists for the first time in Kazan performed a transcription of a waltz from the ballet Sleeping Beauty.
Karen Kornienko comes to Kazan quite often, about once a year. As he admitted to a Tatar-inform correspondent, BKZ is his favorite concert hall in Russia. "For the first time I came to Kazan after the Scriabin competition in 1995. I was 22 years old, I was still studying at the conservatory. Then he played a lot with the orchestra, came with recitals. I have a close relationship with the Kazan club of opera lovers, we maintain warm friendly relations".
Often, he, along with Kazan musicians, presents joint programs, such as, for example, with the State String Quartet of Tatarstan. This year Kazan performers also took part in the Kornienko concert, performing separately from the pianist the works of Tchaikovsky and Glazunov.
The musician is known not only as an outstanding pianist, whose mentor was Vera Gornostaeva, but also as a composer. A special place in his work is occupied by his own transcriptions for violin and piano of symphonic works of great composers.
The Kazan concert is completely devoted to the transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's ballets. The audience was offered concert suites for music from the Nutcracker ballets (transcription by Mikhail Pletnev), Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, as well as the Nutcracker symphony suite dedicated to the musician’s stepdaughter Alina Korshunova.
A very sad story is associated with this suite. Alina Korshunova was considered a brilliant pianist, despite her young age. She started playing at the age of five and during a short concert life managed to speak both to the Pope and to Queen Elizabeth. The girl died of cancer at the age of 16, having failed to execute a suite written for her from the stage. In memory of Alina, it was performed by the author, Karen Kornienko.
"God takes the best, the most talented. I performed the suite many times, and it was written for her. This is a memory. No matter how many years have passed, it is remembered by musicians and colleagues at the New Names. For me, performing a suite is always a joy. She was a very bright person who passed into the Eternal", the artist admitted, but his voice faltered with an expensive memory.
After two parts of the concert, the audience applauded Karen Kornienko while standing. For an encore, he performed his transcription of a waltz from Sleeping Beauty, dedicated to one of the musicians of the RT string quartet, Marat Zaripov.