Program Notes for Elegiac Poem for String Orchestra:
“Elegiac Poem” for String Orchestra was written in 2007 by the well-known Russian composer Gennady Chernov. The inspiration for its creation was a bright, unforgettable impression from listening to a concert of the famous, ingenious “Adagio for strings” (opus 11) by the classic American composer Samuel Barber. The sound of this orchestra piece, with its amazing expressiveness and flexibility of extraordinary depth and expression, affected the soul of the listener to the effect that the composer wanted to recreate this impression in “Elegiac Poem” for string instruments.
The premiere of this piece by Gennady Chernov was in November 2007 at the concert in honor of the 70th birthday of the composer in the Concert Hall of the Gnessin’s Russian Academy of Music. Under the baton of conductor Nikolai Sokolov, “Elegiac Poem” was performed by the String Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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