The suite “Saint-Petersburg Nocturnes” by Leonid Rezetdinov belongs to the most interesting compositions about Saint-Petersburg. We enjoy Petersburg of Pushkin and Beliy, Shostakovich and Petrov, the city-museum, the city of imperial history, city of embankments and white nights...
Petersburg of Rezetdinov rises in six Nocturnes as the reminiscence concerning the author’s most bosom life episodes inseparably welded with his favourite city. The action takes place near the reconstructed Our Savior Cathedral on Spilled Blood, where the composer’s childhood passed. Rezetdinov remembers white nights promenades along the Neva embankments. Old-fashioned Kolomna district is featured so as having been created exactly for artful solitude... Magestic Summer Garden proud of cold ancient sculptures, straight and cozy Vasilyevsky Isle, surrounded with flap bridges... And the Nevsky Prospect, Petersburg’s soul, where the leaves are waltzing and swirling, flying away for to return once again...
The composer Leonid Rezetdinov has a command of diverse stylistic methods — from baroque to avant-garde, resorting to them most delicately. Music canvas is the author’s main objective. He paints with natural colours, depicting his images most vividly. Hence there comes refined intonation, the slightest hints of the light and air, making for breathing rhythm. The composer uses all the piano dynamics — from fortissimo bells up to the gentle triple pianissimo and precisely conceived agogics fluctuations. Rezetdinov’s music means are the tools for his expressive outbursts of love for his city, permeating all the pages of his lyrical suite.
If you consider your taste to have been bred by the classics, if your touch suites romanticism and impressionism and you accept modern phonations, the “Saint-Petersburg Nocturnes” are exactly for you for to be great success on the concert stage.
I. White Night over the Neva
IIi. Old-Time Kolomna
III. As the Leaves Started Going Round the Nevsky…
IV. On the Wing Above the Vasilyevsky Island
V. To the Reconstruction of our Savior Cathedral on Spilled Blood
VI. Summer Garden in Winter