Duo Solot & Percussion, Saint Petersburg
At the edge of the Gulf of Finland, where the Baltic Sea closes in the East, standing on the Neva delta, stands St. Petersburg. Window on Europe, St. Petersburg is the cradle of composers who drew a powerful musical image of Russia.
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was born in Oranienbaum, 30 km from St. Petersburg. His Rite of Spring (1913) draws his prodigious energy from his ancestral Russia and its harsh Baltic lands.
Born in St. Petersburg in the Russian Empire and died in Moscow in the USSR, Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) composed his Concertino for two pianos shortly after the death of Stalin.
The Nutcracker is all about magic, childhood lights and toys. A famous Petersburger, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) remains one of today's most popular composers.
Composer and chemist from St. Petersburg, Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) knows posterity thanks to his opera Prince Igor, in which we find the famous Polovtsian Dances, both lyrical and spectacular music that ends in a whirlwind dance.
Double duet, pianists and percussionists compete in power and virtuosity through major orchestral works reinvented. They compete in finesse or tintamarre, in a bold poetry in exchange for colors.
Duo Solot, Stéphanie Salmin and Pierre Solot, two pianos
Max Charue and Julien Mairesse, percussion
Saint-Loup Church, Namur (BE)