CD, three pieces from the cycle "Reminiscences of the Dear Place" op. 42 by
Peter Tchaikovsky are represented ("Meditation", "Scherzo", and "Melody"), as
well as "Melancholy Serenade" op. 26 for violin and orchestra transcribed by the
author for violin and piano and "Waltz-Scherzo" (transcribed by V.Besekirsky)
that were performed in the concert as a whole cycle.
The transcriptions of the famous works by Tchaikovsky - ouverture “Romeo and
Juliet” and fragments from the ballet "The Nutcracker" were made by the
composer, professor Aida Isakova in 1997. In these pieces, the classical
traditions of transcription are developed but they also have some specific
features; the pieces are written for an ensemble of two instruments and for
concrete soloists; the music of the transcriptions is a full, instrumentally
elaborate version of the authors' scores.
Maxim Fedotov and Galina Petrova confess that, while performing these pieces,
they don't pursue the aim of competing with the orchestra; the goal is to
express their attitude to the great compositions by the means of their own
Fedotov is a Russian violinist, "Russian Paganini", "brilliant artist and
perfect master" ("Frankfurter Rundschau"). Laureate and winner of major
International Violin Competitions: in Tokyo, International Tchaikovsky
Competition, Paganini International Violin Competition. Peoples' Artist of
Russia, Laureate of the Moscow Government Prize, Professor of the Moscow
Conservatory, Head of Violin and Viola Chair of the Russian Music Academy.
President of the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars.
Gives guest appearances in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide.
Performed more than 50 recitals and symphonic concerts at the Great Hall of the
Moscow Conservatory during the last 10 years. Plays with all major Russian
orchestras, with a number of European and Japanese orchestras. Performs with
world famous conductors. The important part of his artistic life is occupied by
performances and recordings in a duet with pianist Galina Petrova. Among his
records there are also "24 Caprices" by Paganini ("DML-classics") and a series
of CDs "All music for a violin and orchestra by Bruch" ("Naxos").
Maxim Fedotov is the fist violinist, who performed recital with two violins of
Niccolo Paganini - Guarneri del Jesu and J.B.Vuillaume (St.Petersburg, 2003).
Since 2003 he is the principal conductor of the Russian Symphony Orchestra.
Conducts a number of companies, among which are "Musica Viva", Chamber Orchestra
of Vatican, Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine,
National Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan, National Symphony Orchestra of
Uzbekistan, Baden-Baden Philhar-monic and others.
Galina Petrova is a brilliant pianist - ensemble player. Her mastership is
distinguished for "superb piano mastery combined with wonderful music
intellectuality and artistic charm" ("La Voce del Popolo"). Merited Artist of
Russia, Laureate of the Moscow Government Prize (2003). Soloist of the Moscow
Performs in all prestigious concert halls of Russia. Toured in Japan, Germany,
Italy, France, Turkey, Croatia, Australia, China, countries of the Baltic area
and others. Was elected to join Petrovskaya Academy of Science and Arts (St.Petersburg)
as its Corresponding Member.
Hold master classes in Japan, Croatia, Australia. Participates in major
festivals and culture events - "Moscow Stars", "Russian winter", "Talents of
Russia", "Stars of the Planet", Russian culture festivals in different
countries. Took part in the "Millenium Concert" at the Grand Hall of the UN
General Assembly (New York, 2000). Has made recordings for CDs released by "DML-classics",
"Naxos", "Gold Club", etc.
Galina Petrova is the partner of violinist Maxim Fedotov in all his chamber
performances. Their duet is considered to be the most harmonious ensemble of our
times. Critics call them "Musicians with temperament of a tiger", "the best
Moscow duet" ("The Independent Newspaper"), "brilliant Russian virtuosos" ("Nice