The Music Treasury is featuring the works of a contemporary pianist, Vyacheslav Gryaznov.  Among other things, Gryaznov is quite renown for his arrangements and transcriptions of orchestral and chamber music.

The show airs from 19:00 to 21:00 PST, from Stanford University’s station KZSU, with concurrent streaming on kzsu.stanford.edu.  The one-and-only Dr Gary Lemco is presenting the evening’s show.

Vyascheslav Gryaznov, pianist

Vyacheslav Gryaznov (born 15 January 1982) is a Russian classical pianist, recording artist, transcriber, and composer. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, completed post-graduate studies there in 2009. and was a member of the faculty until last year, when he decided to devote himself primarily to performing and composing. He remains a visiting professor of piano at Kurashiki Sakuyo University of Science and Arts in Japan. Mr. Gryaznov also received an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, where he was invited to study. He is a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which represents him in Russia.

He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and other fine orchestras, and in Carnegie Hall, as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, the Ukraine and throughout Russia. His video recordings produced for the NHK program Hi-Vision Classic Club are frequently broadcast on Japanese TV. In Russia, many of his recitals and performances with orchestra have been recorded and are regularly heard on Radio Orpheus, the Russian classical radio station.

Vyacheslav Gryaznov is the author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions. They are heard in concert halls all over the world, and are chosen for prestigious international music contests like the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2014 he signed a contract with Schott Music, a leading publisher for classical and contemporary music. Presently, he is one of the few prominent Russian composers published by Schott. Some of his piano transcriptions are in Schott’s “Top Ten”  list of sheet music sold on its download platform Notafina – one of the world’s largest.

For his appearance on The Music Treasury, Mr. Gryaznov comes directly from having given an all-Rachmaninov recital for the Steinway Society at San Jose’s Petit Trianon Theatre.

Program Includes:

Russian transcriptions:
Borodin. Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2
Tchaikovsky. Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker
Rachmaninoff. 3 Romances:The Night Is Sorrow, How
Peaceful, Vocalize; Italian Polka
Prokofiev. On The Dneiper (arr. Gryaznoff)
Glinka: Valse-Fantasie

Gershwin/Gryaznov (arr. Petrov): Rhapsody in Black:  (42 minutes)

    1. Day In New York. Porgy
    2. Night. Bess
    3. Bess and Porgy

Mr. Gryaznov writes:

The two-piano version of Rhapsody in Black on themes from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess was written for the famous piano duo of Nikolai Petrov and Alexander Ghindin. Sadly, Petrov had a stroke several weeks before the premiere at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and died two months later… He had taken a very active part in the process of creating the Rhapsody, calling me almost every week, wondering how it was going, asking about performance details, urging me on and encouraging me. His death was a real shock for me. The only thing that I could do was to dedicate the Rhapsody to his memory. I made an orchestration this summer. Now the Rhapsody has two versions: for piano and orchestra, like a piano concerto, and the original version for piano duo.

My idea for the Rhapsody was to create a coherent piece with its own story. It is about a man with a disabled body but a fervent soul: about his dreams, beliefs, and journey to his goal. It is also about a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul but torn by passions and limited by her weakness. It is about the end of her inner turmoil, the end of his dreams.