They played with style and a certain aristocratic
pedigree: a concise, exact projection of an artistic conception
that rendered the music clear and comprehensible. Their music-making
could be best described as “old-fashioned.” This is
how the great Russian musicians played a couple of generations ago,
mixing bold colours with delicate washes of refined and sophisticated
timbres, creating the depth of a fine painting. The ensemble was
marvelous. the concert had the effect not of making time stand still,
but actually of transporting the audience through time.
The players are young but very talented. All have won
numerous international competitions and have played with various
Russian and foreign ensembles and organisations. They are clearly
a group to be watched as they move through their 30s.
American Record Guide
The St. Petersburg Chamber Soloists (formerly
the "Saint-Petersburg Chamber Players") is made up of five permanent
members who perform in ensembles ranging from duo to quintet. Performances
of the sextet and octet literature are undertaken with the addition
of guest artists. Their repertoire consists of works spanning three
centuries, including Russian chamber music.
Tradition unites the members of the St. Petersburg Chamber Soloists
as all its members are graduates of the world renowned St.Petersburg
Conservatoire. Its fundamental repertoire is directly linked to
this Conservatoire, whose founders and directors were the very soul
of 19th century Romantic Russian musical literature: Rubinstein,
Glasunov, Wieniawski and Auer. Their virtuosic technique, allied
with a profound sense of lyricism, sets this ensemble apart.
The current Ensemble has been together since 1995. However, its
origins go back more than ten years, when Alexei Ludevig first began
organising and performing chamber music concerts in his native city
of Leningrad. Since then, The St.Petersburg Chamber Soloists have
performed to popular and critical acclaim throughout the Russia,
Western Europe, and the United States.
Dvorak is everywhere and always the melodist,
and while the Sony disc, featuring “all-star band” of
Emanuel Ax, Isac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma are certainly
the more refined and elegant (and more sweetly lyrical), there is
an energy and rawness to the performance of the St. Petersburg Chamber
Players that gets closer to the heart of Dvorak’s folk inspirations.
These musicians from St. Petersburg... personify perfection in chamber
music. Hearing them was extraordinary experience... Chamber music
lovers, don’t miss a chance to hear them!
They were really great event of Bad Kissinger’s
summer. All of them: Ilia Ioff, Lidia Kovalenko, Alexei Ludevig,
Alexei Massarsky, Igor Uryash are incredible musicians. Besides,
they presented the music area absolutely unknown to the West. Suddenly
became clear that this Terra incognita still hiding many discoveries.