Andrei Gavrilov refused to play the Rachmaninov D minor in Moscow last night. The audience was told that he was not feeling well. Gavrilov posted something else on his Facebook page:
I RAN AWAY FROM THE HALL THROUGH EMERGENCY EXIT – I DECLARE THAT I WILL NEVER PLAY ANY CONCERT WITH ORCHESTRA, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, IN ANY HALL, FOR ANY MONEY IF I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE TO MY AUDIENCES AT LEAST 50 % OF MY CREATIVE POTENTIAL BECAUSE OF TOTAL UNPROFESSIONALISM OF “MUSIC BUSINESS” PROTEGES OCCUPYING THE WORLD..
They didn’t play the Rachmaninoff. They played the notes that did not even reminded me of Rachmaninoff. It was playing at the level of sick chickens, incubator imitating nightingales. It was a pity, confusion, shamelessly and impudently indefinitely. In addition there was the shameless blackmail and pressure from administration and a conductor who does not have even a Gypsy awareness of music that was supposed to bring me “Socialist rule” and “adequate social” behaviour (i.e. play as “international indicator” music shit). Demonstrating this muck onstage, fed by most listeners, I ran away in shame and outrage.
No matter. Alexander Ghindin had come to hear Gavrilov playing. When Gavrilov defaulted, he stepped in. Probably, he wasn’t the only one in the hall who could play the Rach D minor unrehearsed.
The conductor was Dmitry Jurowsky, younger brother of Vladimir.
Our Moscow correspondent says it reminded him of Soviet times. The orchestra was mediocre and the attitude bad.
Here’s some more Rachmaninov from Ghindin. Pretty good, huh?
And here’s a first response from the musicians.