Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945)
Divertissement (1943)

I - Promenade aux Champs;
II - Improvisations: flūte solo, hautbois solo, basson solo;
III - Le Retour

Nikolai Tcherepnin is one of a distinguished Russian musical line which includes his father Alexander and son Ivan. He was born in St Petersburg and studied composing and conducting in the city with Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tcherepnin was one of only a few who Rimsky-Korsakov would allow to conduct his works, which led the Paris Opera to engage him in 1906 to conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden. He returned to Russia to teach at St Petersburg himself. However, he was soon to return to France, fleeing the Russian communist regime he so despised in the 1920s, and spent the rest of his life in Paris.

This work, perhaps the most challenging piece of tonight’s concert for both performer and listener, showcases a long cadenza for each instrument, between two short outer movements in a typically French neo-classical style.


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