The Music Critic

Originally written and conceived by Aleksey Igudesman, project is basically sarcastic combination of the most evil critiques about the greatest works and composers of classical music.

Schumann fancies himself a "composer", with Brahms is a "giftless basterd". And Claude Debussy is simply ugly. Originally conceived for the Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival, Aleksey Igudesman created a sardonic mix of the most evil music critiques of the last centuries written about some of the greatest works of music. Equipped with a frivolous potpourri of musical insults, John Malkovich slips into the role of the evil critic who believes the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev and the likes to be weary and dreary. Aleksey Igudesman and other great musicians beg to differ and fight back. The grand finale is " The Malkovich Torment", a horrific review about Malkovich himself, which Igudesman has set to music in a uniquely sardonically humorous way. Music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, Prokofiev, Ysaye, Kanchelli, Piazzolla and Igudesman.

Chamber Arrangement
John Malkovich, Narrator
Aleksey Igudesman, Violin
To be announced, Violin
To be announced, Viola
To be announced, Cello
Hyung-Ki Joo, Piano


Orchestral Arrangement
John Malkovich, Narrator
Aleksey Igudesman, Conductor / Violin
To be announced, Orchestra