Music

VLADIMIR VYSOTSKY – A CELEBRATION OF THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF VYSOTSKY’S BIRTH: “SATIRICAL VYSOTSKY”, Pushkin House, 23 January

VLADIMIR VYSOTSKY – A CELEBRATION OF THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF VYSOTSKY’S BIRTH: “SATIRICAL VYSOTSKY”, Pushkin House, 23 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 16/01/2018 10:52 AM

Vladimir Vysotsky was a singer, songwriter and actor who had an immense and enduring effect on Russian culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary often expressed in humorous and down-to-earth language. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor.  He gave voice […] Read More

Undeservedly Neglected: Rimsky-Korsakov Romances From Sergey Rybin, Anush Hovhannisyan, Yuriy Yurchuk

Undeservedly Neglected: Rimsky-Korsakov Romances From Sergey Rybin, Anush Hovhannisyan, Yuriy Yurchuk

BY Robert Hugill POSTED 15/01/2018 3:00 PM

Lesser known parts of Rimsky-Korsakov’s repertoire reveal themselves in this valuable recording. There is one song on this new disc from Stone Records which is familiar, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Rose enchants the Nightingale; I think I first heard it performed in the 1970s by Cathy Berberian. But the remainder of the disc is remarkably new territory. Pianist Sergey Rybin, together […] Read More

ROS, Rite of Spring and Harold in Italy, St John’s Smith Square, 27 January

ROS, Rite of Spring and Harold in Italy, St John’s Smith Square, 27 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/01/2018 3:30 AM

The first ever opportunity to hear one of Berlioz’ most personal and heartfelt works played on the astonishing instrument which inspired the work. It is a very rare instrument, which may well have belonged to Berlioz or Paganini. Made by one of London’s finest luthiers Barak Norman, the gran viola is mid way between viola and […] Read More

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From Russia with love: Russian Mariinsky Theatre Virtuoso Viktor Korotich Performs , St Martin-in- the-Fields Church, 22 January

From Russia with love: Russian Mariinsky Theatre Virtuoso Viktor Korotich Performs , St Martin-in- the-Fields Church, 22 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 11/01/2018 6:50 PM

One of the world’s most thrilling operatic baritones, Viktor Korotich, is performing a unique solo concert in London this January, during a rare break from the stage at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. The prize-winning Russian singer, who has toured Europe with the Mariinsky Opera, presenting peerless performances of leading roles in Verdi’s […] Read More

Staging “Fiery Angel in Glasgow”. Interview with Philip White, Head of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Staging “Fiery Angel in Glasgow”. Interview with Philip White, Head of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

BY Svetlana Zvereva POSTED 10/01/2018 10:37 AM

This interview is a record of the  conversation between the two members of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who trained the students for the premiere of Prokofiev’s “Fiery Angel” in Glasgow in December 2017. Musicologist and Russianist Svetlana Zvereva who worked with the student vocalists on Russian pronunciation talks with the Head of Opera at […] Read More

GAMMA MAJORIS ENSEMBLE – RUSSIAN SERENADE CD LAUNCH CONCERT, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 19 JANUARY

GAMMA MAJORIS ENSEMBLE – RUSSIAN SERENADE CD LAUNCH CONCERT, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 19 JANUARY

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 09/01/2018 11:19 AM

Gamma Majoris is a London-based ensemble whose concert programmes showcase the individual and combined talents of four established soloists to present classical music in a new way. The ensemble’s name derives from the star Gamma Ursae Majoris and is also the term for ‘major scale’ in Russian (гамма – scale, мажор – major). The ensemble will perform a diverse […] Read More

Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux Performed by Pianist Victor Maslov, St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13 January

Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux Performed by Pianist Victor Maslov, St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/01/2018 10:48 AM

Études-Tableaux With his Études-Tableaux Rachmaninoff continued down the path that Chopin and Liszt had already set out on with their concert etudes: the most demanding technical tasks are presented in the form of expressive character pieces. Rachmaninoff composed two cycles, each originally with nine Études-Tableaux; however, shortly before Opus 33 went to print, he removed […] Read More

“The Fiery Angel” by Sergei Prokofiev has Flown into Glasgow for the First Time

“The Fiery Angel” by Sergei Prokofiev has Flown into Glasgow for the First Time

BY Svetlana Zvereva POSTED 04/01/2018 10:45 PM

On December 3rd 2017 one of the best Russian operas of the XX century – The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev – was performed in Glasgow for the first time. A concert performance of the opera was staged by Scottish Opera and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Held at the Glasgow City Halls, it has become […] Read More

Russian Orthodox Christmas Concert with Soprano Maria Veretenina, The Dormition Cathedral, 8 January

Russian Orthodox Christmas Concert with Soprano Maria Veretenina, The Dormition Cathedral, 8 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/12/2017 4:17 PM

A coloratura soprano and harp will be heard together. The concert will be presented by the soprano Maria Veretenina and the harpist Nina Mishchenko. Music of European and Russian composers will be heard: the masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Saint-Saens, etc. This concert will be performed in support of the development of the Musical School « […] Read More

Russian Revolution in Music: 1917 and the Aftermath.

Russian Revolution in Music: 1917 and the Aftermath.

BY Anna Lumbroso POSTED 21/12/2017 9:26 AM

Russia experienced a period of cultural prosperity during the three decades leading up to 1917. Poetry went through what was called the ‘Silver age’ and with it music, dance and visual arts also flourished. Many of its strongest advocates had developed strong links in Europe, particularly France. With the arrival of the Bolshevik’s many of these close ties were severed and the […] Read More

INSOMNIA. POETIC SKETCH OF MARINA TZVETAEVA’S WORKS, ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, 20 DECEMBER

INSOMNIA. POETIC SKETCH OF MARINA TZVETAEVA’S WORKS, ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, 20 DECEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/12/2017 1:40 AM

“One can instantly recognise in herself the beating of the real, not the bookish, life,” — once observed  poet and critic Vladimir Narbut when speaking about Marina Tsvetaeva.  And Vladislav Khodasevich, who witnessed her to be striving not for “the artistic but rather psychological certainty,” also remarked: “Her poetry tends to transform itself into a […] Read More

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Opera in Concert by Cambridge Philharmonic, Cambridge, 16th December

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Opera in Concert by Cambridge Philharmonic, Cambridge, 16th December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/12/2017 1:25 PM

From the grandeur of the Imperial St. Petersburg, Lensky, an idealistic young poet, travels to the countryside to visit his sweetheart Olga. He is accompanied by the arrogant, foppish Onegin. Onegin quickly draws the attentions of Olga’s sister Tatyana, but tensions soon rise after he coldly rejects her advances and is then accused of seducing […] Read More

Forget character development, sit back and enjoy the fun: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve

Forget character development, sit back and enjoy the fun: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve

BY Robert Hugill POSTED 13/12/2017 5:00 PM

A folk-inspired shaggy dog story, in a performance full of charm and verve Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote over a dozen operas, but they still only rarely crop up in the UK. His opera Christmas Eve, based on a Gogol story, was staged by English National Opera in 1988 but has not been seen much since so […] Read More

Russkaya Capella Lunchtime Christmas Concert , Renfield St Stephens Parish Church, 16 December

Russkaya Capella Lunchtime Christmas Concert , Renfield St Stephens Parish Church, 16 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/12/2017 10:59 AM

On 16th December, Russkaya Cappella offers its festive programme of  Russian Orthodox Liturgical music and, extracts of classical literary works by Russian poets interspersed with Russian Christmas music.   Russkaya Cappella, Scotland’s Russian choir is one of the few choirs in the UK specializing in Russian choral music. We are a mixed chamber choir with […] Read More

Flute and Piano Recital, Rossotrudnichestvo, 11 December

Flute and Piano Recital, Rossotrudnichestvo, 11 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 09/12/2017 2:45 PM

Musicians Pavel Mansurov (flute) and Alexander Karpeyev (piano) will present a new winter programme of works by Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninoff etc. Programme Bach – B minor suite, Mozart – Rondo in D Rachmaninoff – Elegie, Saint-Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Read More

Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheldonian Theatre, 9 December

Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheldonian Theatre, 9 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/12/2017 10:00 AM

The Orchestra’s patron, Vladimir Ashkenazy, returns to Oxford following a captivating concert of Brahms last season. Continuing this season’s Russian focus, both Rachmaninov and Shostakovich feature once again, here with Concertmaster Natalia Lomeiko as soloist for Shostakovich’s thrilling first violin concerto followed by Rachmaninov’s powerful Symphony No. 1. The concert will open with Nimrod Borenstein’s […] Read More

Russkaya Capella, Celebratory Concert, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, 7 December

Russkaya Capella, Celebratory Concert, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, 7 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/12/2017 3:01 PM

Russkaya Capella, famous for their recent reanimation of Kastalsky’s work, is soon to give Christmas series of concerts. The first one in a row is the Celebratory Concert, commemorating 100 years of teaching Russian at the University of Glasgow. The programme of the concert will consist of the Russian Orthodox liturgical music, readings from literary […] Read More

Russian Revolution Centenary Concert, Hinde Street Methodist Church, 8 December

Russian Revolution Centenary Concert, Hinde Street Methodist Church, 8 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/12/2017 5:24 PM

A commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution in words and music incorporating eyewitness accounts of that turbulent time, including the writings of Arthur Ransome, with songs by Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and others. With soprano Ilona Dominch, chosen by Opera Now 2014 as Top 10 high flyers, “new generation of sopranos who are destined […] Read More

THE RARITIES OF SOVIET PIANO MUSIC, PUSHKIN HOUSE, December 7

THE RARITIES OF SOVIET PIANO MUSIC, PUSHKIN HOUSE, December 7

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/12/2017 12:24 PM

Pushkin House is proud to present a programme of rarely performed Soviet music. The pianist on the night is Pietro Bonfilio, a winner of numerous international piano competitions, having toured extensively in Europe and Asia. He specialises in the music of Dmitri Kabalevsky, whose Third Sonata and Preludes have recently been recorded for the Piano […] Read More

UNESCO ARTISTS FOR PEACE, MAISON DE L’UNESCO, 4 DECEMBER

UNESCO ARTISTS FOR PEACE, MAISON DE L’UNESCO, 4 DECEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/12/2017 1:41 AM

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Disabled People has been celebrated annually across the world on December 3rd. This day is devoted to critical issues concerning the inclusion of people with disabilities, promotion of awareness  of various disability issues. It draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society. United Nations […] Read More

THE FIERY ANGEL CONCERT PERFORMANCE In collaboration with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 3 December

THE FIERY ANGEL CONCERT PERFORMANCE In collaboration with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 3 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/12/2017 2:00 PM

This is, perhaps, the most controversial of Prokofirev’s  works. Mystical, decadent and very Silver Age in spirit, it was cast into oblivion for many decades. Therefore, it is even more remarkable that the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland chose this rather challenging task of reviving it! Masochistic obsession, black magic, […] Read More

Russian Winter Weekend Concert, London, Dorich House, 7 December

Russian Winter Weekend Concert, London, Dorich House, 7 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/12/2017 10:30 AM

Russian music performed by Alena Lugovkina (flute) and Anne Denholm (harp), and Russian poetry read by Susan Porrett, in the unusual and eclectic setting of Dorich House Museum, Kingston –  former studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature. Alena Lugovkina […] Read More

Piano Explored: Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2, St John’s Smith Square, 6 December

Piano Explored: Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2, St John’s Smith Square, 6 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/11/2017 10:44 AM

‘The best lunch-break you’ve ever had.’   International Piano London Mozart Players return to St John’s Smith Square alongside Howard Shelley for a ‘Christmas special’. The ensemble’s Conductor Laureate reveals the hidden in-jokes and family stories behind Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a birthday gift of hope and freedom written for his son, and […] Read More

Russian Soul – Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Sviridov’s Russia Cast Adrift. In Memoriam.

Russian Soul – Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Sviridov’s Russia Cast Adrift. In Memoriam.

BY Robert Hugill POSTED 22/11/2017 4:16 PM

Unfortunately, it is a  very sad day today: a very talented, kind, intelligent, charming and thoughtful opera singer left us, having lost the battle to cruel and merciless brain cancer. Knowing of his diagnosis,  Dmitri kept on fighting until the very last moment, by participating in various charity concerts and actions, helping others, performing, recording… […] Read More

Pianist Roustem Saitkoulov to Perform at Salle Gaveau in Paris, 22 November

Pianist Roustem Saitkoulov to Perform at Salle Gaveau in Paris, 22 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 21/11/2017 8:49 AM

It would be unjust to reduce the Russian piano to only a certain type of sound and temperament. Russian musical school  masters offer multi-faceted aesthetic gifts. Mussorgsky is thus a brilliant colourist, Tchaikovsky is an incomparable painter of the soul, Rachmaninov throbs with almost operatic impulses,  while Prokofiev cultivates a sharp verve. Roustem Saitkoulov embraces […] Read More

PIANIST ALEXEI VOLODIN, WITH EDITH PENA, PRESENT STORYTELLERS: MEDTNER & STRAVINSKY,  MERCHANT TAYLORS’ HALL , 27 NOVEMBER

PIANIST ALEXEI VOLODIN, WITH EDITH PENA, PRESENT STORYTELLERS: MEDTNER & STRAVINSKY, MERCHANT TAYLORS’ HALL , 27 NOVEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/11/2017 10:20 AM

Alexei Volodin has long been a champion of Nikolai Medtner’s music, feeling that his work is unfairly overshadowed by some of his contemporaries. As part of his mission to make Medtner’s music better known Volodin will perform a programme that presents three of his Fairy Tales and the Piano Quintetalongside the version of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for two pianos. Alexei Volodin comments: […] Read More

London International Medtner Festival, 26 -27 November

London International Medtner Festival, 26 -27 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 17/11/2017 5:00 PM

With the support of the Eastern Seasons, Pushkin House, Russian Embassy, GB-Russia Society, Rossotrudnichestvo and City, University of London Second International Festival dedicated to Nikolay Medtner (1880-1951) will take place in London on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th November 2017.  Honorary Patron  of the 2nd International Medtner Festival is Nikolay Lugansky  and the Artistic Director  is Dr Alexander Karpeyev PROGRAMME OF EVENTS: Sunday 26 NOVEMBER 14:30-16:00 […] Read More

The Nikitins in the UK: A Legendary Russian Duo Comes to Cambridge, Murray Edwards College, 18 November

The Nikitins in the UK: A Legendary Russian Duo Comes to Cambridge, Murray Edwards College, 18 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/11/2017 8:05 PM

You have a unique opportunity to come and listen to the legendary duo (now trio), which provided the beautiful soundrack for the film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (yes, yes,  this haunting melodious Aleksandra, Aleksandra song written in collaboration with Yuri Vizbor). Now you will be able to see and listen to them live. […] Read More

WHEN RUSSIA MEETS BRITAIN. INTERVIEW WITH CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER DMITRIEV

WHEN RUSSIA MEETS BRITAIN. INTERVIEW WITH CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER DMITRIEV

BY Anna Lumbroso POSTED 10/11/2017 1:27 PM

In October, Cadogan Hall hosted the St Petersburg Symphony orchestra under the leadership of Chief Conductor Alexander Dmitriev. A true maestro, Dmitriev has been working with his orchestra for more than 40 years. The programme was full of Russian soul. He opened the concert with the famous and beloved Romeo and Juliet Ouverture. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece […] Read More

Music of the Russian Revolution 1917 Gala Concert, Rossotrudnichestvo, 17 November

Music of the Russian Revolution 1917 Gala Concert, Rossotrudnichestvo, 17 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/11/2017 10:00 AM

The programme of the final concert of the Russian Revolution of 1917 will comprise music written by Rachmaninov, Medtner, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Glier and is devoted to the February Revolution 1917. You will hear a wide range of compositions written either just before or after the 1917 revolution in Russia. You will hear most wonderful […] Read More

Rebels in Music and Literature. Prokofiev, Medtner  and Shostakovich in Unison with Russian Writers, RCM, 13 November

Rebels in Music and Literature. Prokofiev, Medtner and Shostakovich in Unison with Russian Writers, RCM, 13 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/11/2017 1:24 PM

RCM musicians perform avant-garde piano music from early 20th-century Russia, which both inspired and was inspired by revolutionary poets. Interspersed with readings by students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, we hear defiant pieces from two young musical rebels, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and the turbulent work Medtner’s friends nicknamed the ‘war sonata’. This concert […] Read More

Russian Culture to Aid British Charity. The Passage Celebrates Russian Soul at the Royal Festival Hall, 7 November

Russian Culture to Aid British Charity. The Passage Celebrates Russian Soul at the Royal Festival Hall, 7 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/10/2017 7:00 PM

Night Under The Stars presents an evening of music celebrating the many-layered ‘Russian Soul’, described by writers such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky as a spirit of depth, strength, warmth and passion – qualities that permeate the music of the great Russian composers. Rachmaninov’s beguiling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is performed by pianist Boris […] Read More

SUBKULTURA: STORIES OF YOUTH AND RESISTANCE IN RUSSIA 1815-2017. ARTEMY TROITSKY IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER KAN, Pushkin House, 28 October

SUBKULTURA: STORIES OF YOUTH AND RESISTANCE IN RUSSIA 1815-2017. ARTEMY TROITSKY IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER KAN, Pushkin House, 28 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 23/10/2017 10:58 AM

Artemy Troitsky is both a chronicler of and a participant in some of the most exciting elements of Russian popular culture in the last half-century. Working variously as a journalist, music critic, concert promoter, broadcaster and academic, he has witnessed at first hand the underground movements which have shaped contemporary Russia. These are the stories […] Read More

Vladimir Ashkenazy to Conduct Works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

Vladimir Ashkenazy to Conduct Works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/10/2017 8:17 PM

Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto reflects all the youthful freshness of a student composer. Shostakovich’s First Symphony, likewise written while he was still a student, received instant worldwide recognition. Shostakovich’s close friend Shebalin lived and worked under the Soviet regime, yet his music remained resolutely optimistic. Meanwhile Kabalevsky focused on writing lighter music for young performers […] Read More

Chamber choir Myriad: Viva La Revolution! 28 October at Holy Trinity Church

Chamber choir Myriad: Viva La Revolution! 28 October at Holy Trinity Church

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/10/2017 2:00 PM

In this anniversary year of the Russian Revolution, chamber choir Myriad explores music inspired by and surrounding revolutions. With compositions from Russia and Cuba through to spirituals and elegies of the American and Spanish Civil Wars, we make a fascinating journey through music written at times of great upheaval. Prepare for a thrilling ride with […] Read More

Revolution! Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century. 28 October at St James’s Church

Revolution! Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century. 28 October at St James’s Church

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/10/2017 10:00 AM

Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Featuring pianist Martin James Bartlett, former BBC Young Musician of the Year — and music by Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Grechaninov, Chesnokov and others. The music will be woven together by narrative written by Rufus Stilgoe, author of our acclaimed Christmas Truce […] Read More

Descendant of Alexander Kolchak to Perform Tchaikovsky and Borodin in Memory of Russian Revolution, Rossotrudnichestvo, 26  October

Descendant of Alexander Kolchak to Perform Tchaikovsky and Borodin in Memory of Russian Revolution, Rossotrudnichestvo, 26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 21/10/2017 5:03 PM

A celebration and commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. In memory of Admiral Alexander Kolchak, the Russian naval commander, and his search for Romance in the Revolution. a concert of music by famous Russian composers including Tchaikovsky and Borodin and the poetry of the Revolution. A chance to revisit the Romance […] Read More

Prof Ivan Hewett’s Lecture on Russian Composers of the XXth Century and Concert, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

Prof Ivan Hewett’s Lecture on Russian Composers of the XXth Century and Concert, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/10/2017 9:20 AM

An introduction to the evening’s programme with broadcaster and Royal College of Music professor, Ivan Hewett. Accompanying the talk, students from the Royal College of Music will perform a selection of chamber works: Scriabin Two Poèmes, Op. 32 Scriabin Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28 Mosolov Four Newspaper Announcements for voice and piano, Op. 21 Prokofiev Five Poems for voice and piano, Op. 36, No. […] Read More

JOHN LEMAN RILEY IN CONVERSATION WITH CONDUCTOR FRANK STROBEL, Prior to Premiere of Eisenstein’s October, Pushkin House, 24 October

JOHN LEMAN RILEY IN CONVERSATION WITH CONDUCTOR FRANK STROBEL, Prior to Premiere of Eisenstein’s October, Pushkin House, 24 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/10/2017 8:00 PM

In conversation with the leading conductor Frank Strobel,  film expert and musicologist John Leman Riley will be exploring the history and continuing relevance of Soviet film music. The event will take place ahead of a historic screening of October two days later at the Barbican accompanied by a full symphony orchestra playing Oliver Meisel’s original 1928 score […] Read More

Voices of Revolution, Royal College of Music, 23 October

Voices of Revolution, Royal College of Music, 23 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/10/2017 8:32 PM

From paintings of gnomes, witches and medieval castles to the final pealing bells of the Great Gate of Kiev, Mussorgsky’s most famous piano work takes listeners on a musical tour of an art gallery. Alongside, RCM pianists bring to life excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s characterful pieces for each month of the year and Rachmaninov’s richly complex Etudes-tableaux. […] Read More

RUSSIAN COMPOSERS IN EXILE: A CELLO & PIANO RECITAL, The Pushkin House, 22 October

RUSSIAN COMPOSERS IN EXILE: A CELLO & PIANO RECITAL, The Pushkin House, 22 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/10/2017 12:13 PM

Cellist Alexey Sarkissov and pianist Alexander Karpeyev present a programme of Russian classical composers, who were suppressed during the Communist regime or had to leave the country altogether. The programme includes Grechaninov’s rarely-performed Sonata for cello and piano, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and the dramatic sonata by Shostakovich written months before his music was condemned by […] Read More

Lament and Inspiration, the Royal College of Music, 18 October

Lament and Inspiration, the Royal College of Music, 18 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 11/10/2017 2:57 PM

Dedicated ‘in memory of a great artist’ to pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, lament is at the heart of Tchaikovsky’s piano trio. Mournful and lyrical, Rachmaninov was inspired to use the same form for his first Trio élégiaque. In between we hear Glazunov’s landmark saxophone quartet, dedicated to Le Quatuor de la Musique de la Garde Républicaine ensemble. […] Read More

VALERY GERGIEV VISITS WALES FOR EXCLUSIVE EVENT IN WALES, 11 October

VALERY GERGIEV VISITS WALES FOR EXCLUSIVE EVENT IN WALES, 11 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/10/2017 12:32 PM

One of the world’s most sought-after conductors, Valery Gergiev, is set to visit Wales next week as part of the commemorative arts season: R17.   R17 (or “Russia 17”) marks 100 years since the Russian revolution, and Wales’ unique relationship with the emerging Soviet Union of the time, through a year-long season of artistic events. […] Read More

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev with Peter Donohoe, Cadogan Hall, 16 October

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev with Peter Donohoe, Cadogan Hall, 16 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/10/2017 9:04 AM

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading symphony orchestras of Russia, tonight conducted by its Chief Conductor Alexander Dmitriev and joined by English pianist Peter Donohoe for a programme of masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. The evening’s programme opens with one of the most famous love themes in the world played by […] Read More

Philharmonia Orchestra – Battleship Potemkin: Live Screening, Royal Festival Hall, 12 October

Philharmonia Orchestra – Battleship Potemkin: Live Screening, Royal Festival Hall, 12 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/10/2017 5:30 PM

The Philharmonia’s Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 series opens with the live screening of a silent film that tells an iconic story from the first Russian Revolution in 1905. Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece of film-making and Soviet propaganda, portrays mutiny in the Imperial navy. Its most dramatic sequence is one of the most famous in […] Read More

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A, 30 September – 25 February. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A, 30 September – 25 February. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/10/2017 2:00 PM

A spectacular and vivid journey through 400 years of operatic and European history, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics opened on 30 September. Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934, is explored in detail throughout the run of this V&A exhibition. Both avant-garde and propaganda material will be on display alongside a painting inspired by Shostakovich’s First Symphony […] Read More

Semyon Bychkov and Janine Jansen Perform Britten and Mahler, Barbican, 5 October

Semyon Bychkov and Janine Jansen Perform Britten and Mahler, Barbican, 5 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/10/2017 3:00 PM

Following her LSO Artist Portrait last season, Janine Jansen presents Britten’s Violin Concerto, a grief-stricken yet achingly beautiful violin-concerto-as-requiem, written in despair at the victory of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. The work struggles between an encroaching darkness and that very last candle-flame of hope, which ever refuses to be fully extinguished. With […] Read More

UK premieres of Larcher and Bruch BBC Symphony Orchestra/Vedernikov, Barbican, 4 October

UK premieres of Larcher and Bruch BBC Symphony Orchestra/Vedernikov, Barbican, 4 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/10/2017 3:18 PM

A programme of variety and invention from a quartet of Austro-German composers opens with music by a BBC SO favourite, Thomas Larcher (whose Symphony made such an impact at the 2016 BBC Proms). It is followed by a UK premiere of Bruch’s Double Piano Concerto (with two of today’s most exciting young pianists), a work […] Read More

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra Perform Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at The Cadogan Hall, 8-9 October

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra Perform Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at The Cadogan Hall, 8-9 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/09/2017 5:38 PM

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra return to Cadogan Hall with two programmes celebrating the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and his most famous pupil Stravinsky. Following his success last year with both Prokofiev concerti, Kristóf Baráti returns with the Mariinsky for Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D on 9th October. Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan is […] Read More

The 1917 Russian Revolution. Here & Now. 30 September and 2 October at Brunel Museum

The 1917 Russian Revolution. Here & Now. 30 September and 2 October at Brunel Museum

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/09/2017 6:00 PM

Bunin condemned it; Mayakovsky praised it; Dostoyevsky foreshadowed it, and John Reed reported on it. A unique cast of prominent British and Russian-speaking actors and musicians under the direction of our guest from Moscow Michael Umanets explore the effects of the revolution on artistic imagination across different genres: folklore, literary texts by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Demons), Vladimir […] Read More

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