"Four Seasons" by Leonid Levashkevich
On February 18, 2017, in the Small Hall of St. Petersburg D.D. Shostakovich Academic Philharmonic, a premiere of a cycle of compositions for symphonic orchestra "Four Seasons" by Leonid Levashkevich took place.
Works comprising the cycle were performed with simultaneous demonstration of paintings of contemporary Russian and foreign artists who participated in Viacheslav Zarenkov's Project Creative World.
Paintings presented were created within the Creative World Project as a result of a series of Russian painters’ creative expeditions to Europe and foreign artists’ travels to Russian regions.
Paintings that the artists created en plain-air – outdoors, in natural lighting – could not better reflect the changing seasons, and rapid, sometimes subtle change of moods of nature.
The "Four Seasons" cycle was performed by the Symphony Orchestra "Maestro". Alexander Chernobaiev, the winner of the International Competition, is the art director and conductor of the orchestra, and Andrey Baranenko, the winner of international competitions (piano), is a soloist.
"Four Seasons" is not just a contemplative reflection of the seasons changing, but a comprehension of the very essence of the time flow: from the beginning – the birth – until fading which you can hear in the last chord.
Musical cycle was completed by a composition "February". It represented a stage at a threshold of which a new life begins. The composition "February" became world famous thanks to being used as a musical theme in a 2012–2013 free program of 2010 and 2015 Europe Champions, multiple champions of Russia in figure skating Yuko Kawaguchi and Aleksandr Smirnov, the trainees of a famous coach Tamara Moskvina.
Leonid Levashkevich's "Four Seasons" cycle includes compositions carrying on the best traditions of romantic music.
During the second part of the concert, tangos, waltzs and ragtimes were performed.