Music

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

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

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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

Sir Simon Rattle To Conduct Stravinsky Ballets at the Barbican, 21 September

Sir Simon Rattle To Conduct Stravinsky Ballets at the Barbican, 21 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/09/2017 7:49 PM

An authority on Stravinsky, Sir Simon Rattle continues the 2017/18 season opening celebrations with three of the composer’s revolutionary ballets. Stravinsky sent shockwaves through classical music in the 20th century. His first three ballets – The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, all composed between 1911 and 1913 – brought a new and frenzied sense of rhythm, so […] Read More

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, Milton Court Concert Hall, 22 September

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, Milton Court Concert Hall, 22 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/09/2017 7:10 AM

The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus are led by renowned Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky and chorus master David Vinden on 22 September for a programme of two celestial choral works inspired by Shakespeare: Nicolai’s ‘Mondchor’ Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. The concert also features Elgar’s famous musical sketches, Enigma Variations, a colourful collection of musical caricatures inspired by the composer’s friends. […] Read More

SHOSTAKOVICH: PIANO & THEREMIN, Pushkin House, 15 September

SHOSTAKOVICH: PIANO & THEREMIN, Pushkin House, 15 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/09/2017 9:34 AM

Brilliant Japanese pianist, Maki Sekiya, presents a recital that juxtaposes two Shostakovich piano sonatas with Russian contemporary pieces. ‘Yarilo’ by Moscow-trained composer, Nikolay Korndorf, is one of the great classics of Russian contemporary keyboard music. Maki will be joined for the pieces by Yusopova and Popoff by the exceptional theremin player, Lydia Kavina, for an […] Read More

The Multi-Story Orchestra: STRAVINSKY RITE OF SPRING. 9 September

The Multi-Story Orchestra: STRAVINSKY RITE OF SPRING. 9 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/09/2017 10:00 AM

The Multi-Story Orchestra first performed in Peckham in 2011. Ever since that inaugural performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring they’ve been wanting to play this monumental work again – and thanks to the amazing team at Selfridges and Bold Tendencies that’s been made possible. This time you’ll also get your own personal tour of this […] Read More

St Elisabeth Convent, Russian Orthodox Monastic Choir Concerts, London, 22-24 September

St Elisabeth Convent, Russian Orthodox Monastic Choir Concerts, London, 22-24 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/09/2017 10:00 AM

The concerts of the St Elisabeth Convent Monastic Choir introduce the tradition of Russian Orthodox religious chanting,  which emerged from the unity of  monastic life, worship and serving the fellow neighbour. The programme of each concert is presented in two sections. The first part consists of church hymns based on ancient chants, celebrated for their […] Read More

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Concert for a Fly (Chamber Music), London, 15 September – 11 November

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Concert for a Fly (Chamber Music), London, 15 September – 11 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/09/2017 12:00 PM

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents the installation Concert for a Fly (Chamber Music), 1986, by pioneer conceptual artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Russian-born and American-based, today they are recognised as among the most significant international artists to have emerged in the late 20th century. Concert for a Fly (Chamber Music) is a historic installation, first exhibited […] Read More

Bold Tendencies and the London Adventist Chorale: STRAVINSKY SYMPHONY OF PSALMS. 3 September

Bold Tendencies and the London Adventist Chorale: STRAVINSKY SYMPHONY OF PSALMS. 3 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/09/2017 11:20 AM

An extraordinary one-off performance will be held at the Old Selfridges Hotel, featuring a 44-piece orchestra and the renowned London Adventist Chorale. Written in 1930 for the Boston Symphony, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms is acknowledged to do strange and wonderful things with the symphonic form. The relationship he creates between chorus and orchestra is unique. […] Read More

Russian ‘Titan of the Piano’ Boris Berezovsky is to Perform in Dublin  In Aid of ChildVision

Russian ‘Titan of the Piano’ Boris Berezovsky is to Perform in Dublin In Aid of ChildVision

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 24/08/2017 10:30 AM

Russian Superstar pianist, Boris Berezovsky, is rescheduled to perform September 10th @ 8:00pm, at the National Concert Hall. Boris Berezovsky previously became stranded in the South of France, following his Opening concert at the world’s most prestigious Piano Festival – La Roque-d’Anthéron and was unable to travel to Dublin in time for the recital, due […] Read More

I Musicanti Will Perform Works by Shostakovich and Glinka in the Programme  ‘Alexandra and the Russians’, 3 September

I Musicanti Will Perform Works by Shostakovich and Glinka in the Programme ‘Alexandra and the Russians’, 3 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/08/2017 10:48 AM

A mixed instrument international but London-based  chamber music ensemble, I Musicanti, will perform Shostakovich and Glinka.  Two classics of Russian chamber music for piano and strings, with their triumphal introductory piano chords, contrast with a mysterious exploration of the lowest (and the not so low) string sounds. The programme also features the first of four […] Read More

Theremin Academy at Oxford with Lydia Kavina, Bate Collection, Oxford, 25 – 28 August

Theremin Academy at Oxford with Lydia Kavina, Bate Collection, Oxford, 25 – 28 August

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 08/08/2017 3:56 PM

The Theremin workshops in Oxford, organized by Lydia Kavina in cooperation with the Faculty of Music of the University of Oxford, and domiciled at the Bate Collection, have already a years long tradition. But from this year on, thanks to the generosity of the Bate Collection director Andrew Lamb, we are happy to extend the […] Read More

KinoVino Kaukasis with Olia Hercules, Calvert 22, 30 August

KinoVino Kaukasis with Olia Hercules, Calvert 22, 30 August

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/08/2017 10:12 AM

A mesmerising night of intoxicating scents, sights and flavours from the Caucasian mountains. Join  KinoVino Kaukasis to explore a beautiful cuisine prepared for you by one of the most vibrant chefs on current food scene – Olia Hercules. Olia exploded the food world several years ago with her debut cookbook “Mamushka” and her second culinary […] Read More

Anna Netrebko Stars in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in Salzburg, 6 August Onwards

Anna Netrebko Stars in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in Salzburg, 6 August Onwards

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/08/2017 11:05 AM

A famous Russian operatic soprano Anna Netrebko is soon to shake foundations during the Salzburg Festival in Verdi’s Aida — the new collaboration with Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat who has been appointed opera’s artistic director. Tatyana van Walsum designed the costumes for the production. Riccardo Muti will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic. Some 15 years […] Read More

Mussorgsky, Khovanshchina, Royal Albert Hall, 6 August

Mussorgsky, Khovanshchina, Royal Albert Hall, 6 August

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/08/2017 10:57 AM

Shot through with noble melodies and orchestrated by Dm. Shostakovich, Mussorgsky’s ‘national music drama’ weaves a darkly tangled political web in which Russia herself is the casualty. Caught between reformists and continuity, the nation struggles to find peace, and the conflict leads only to death in the opera’s shattering climax. Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC […] Read More

A Memorable Decade with London Philharmonic Orchestra. Interview with Vladimir Jurowski

A Memorable Decade with London Philharmonic Orchestra. Interview with Vladimir Jurowski

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 31/07/2017 10:37 AM

Russian-born Vladimir Jurowski is one of today’s most sought-after and dynamic conductors, who also acts as the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the celebrated London Philharmonic Orchestra. As the LPO website informs, a wide selection of Vladimir Jurowski’s live recordings with the Orchestra  was released on its LPO Label, including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances; Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 4, […] Read More

The New Generaton Festival of Classical Music in Florence, 31 August – 3 September,

The New Generaton Festival of Classical Music in Florence, 31 August – 3 September,

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/07/2017 11:39 AM

Florence has a new classical music festival. Named The New Generation Festival, it was christened by “The Times” as  “the Glyndebourne of Italy”. The festival features performances from the world’s finest leading young musical talents. Very soon we are going to publish an interview with one of them — a young but super-talented soprano singer […] Read More

Rosamund Bartlett Discusses Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Imperial College Union, 6 August

Rosamund Bartlett Discusses Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Imperial College Union, 6 August

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/07/2017 6:42 PM

Writer Rosamund Bartlett discusses Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina prior to its performance later on the same day, Rosamund Bartlett is a cultural historian with expertise in Russian literature, music, and art.  She has a particular interest in European Modernism, opera, and the intersection between politics, history and the arts, and has lectured on these subjects at universities and […] Read More

Conductor Gianluca Marciano and Violist Maxim Novikov Launch a New Festival of Classical Music in Lerici, Italy, 25 August – 8 September

Conductor Gianluca Marciano and Violist Maxim Novikov Launch a New Festival of Classical Music in Lerici, Italy, 25 August – 8 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/07/2017 11:45 AM

Set on the famous coastline of the Golfo dei Poeti, the seaside town of Lerici and the neighbouring Cinque Terre have been a magnet for poets and composers alike, from Shelley, Byron and Lawrence to Wagner. Conductor Gianluca Marciano launches a new festival of music and poetry in his home town, with a programme inspired by the sea and the […] Read More

Representing Revolution: the Challenges of Commemoration. Interview with Russkaya Capella. Part II

Representing Revolution: the Challenges of Commemoration. Interview with Russkaya Capella. Part II

BY Ashley Holdsworth POSTED 28/07/2017 11:40 AM

We continue the publication of interview with Svetlana Zvereva. Svetlana Zvereva is co-Musical Director of Russkaya Cappella, a chamber choir based in Glasgow and specialising in Russian Orthodox liturgical music, folk song and art song. Russkaya Cappella produced a season of concerts in June 2017, Music from the Time of the Earthquake, which featured recently […] Read More

Bone Music, Garage Museum, Moscow, 14 August – 05 October

Bone Music, Garage Museum, Moscow, 14 August – 05 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 26/07/2017 1:46 PM

Bone Music is an exhibition examining a unique episode in postwar Soviet history. From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, inventive Soviet music lovers made illegal copies of banned music on used X-ray film. Their recordings were not limited to Western jazz and rock-n-roll, but also featured Russian émigré music, as well as popular […] Read More

Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris, Barbican Centre, 29 July

Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris, Barbican Centre, 29 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 24/07/2017 10:31 AM

Composers and producers Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason lead a performance of their music for Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi classic Solaris, accompanied by video manipulations by Brian Eno and Nick Roberton. Having previously worked together on the score for The Deep (2012), Frost and Bjarnason have combined their backgrounds in classical and electronic composition for Sólaris. […] Read More

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna to Open Festival in Salzburg with Mozart’s Requiem, 23 July onwards

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna to Open Festival in Salzburg with Mozart’s Requiem, 23 July onwards

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/07/2017 11:50 PM

Celebrated Greek-Russian Perm-based conductor Teodor Curentzis and his ensemble MusicAeterna will be opening Salzburg Festival on Sunday, 23rd July, with Mozart’s Requiem — the final and unfinished masterpiece of the Austrian composer. Few musical works are as steeped in legend as Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626. Commissioned anonymously by the eccentric count Franz […] Read More

Finding Kastalsky. Interview with Co-Founders of Russkaya Capella Svetlana Zvereva and Stuart Campbell

Finding Kastalsky. Interview with Co-Founders of Russkaya Capella Svetlana Zvereva and Stuart Campbell

BY Ashley Holdsworth POSTED 21/07/2017 3:59 PM

In June 2017 a rare piece by Alexander Kastalsky, Requiem for Fallen Brothers, which had laid forgotten for many decades, was performed by Russkaya Capella in Glasgow. The choral work was composed in 1917. The Russkaya Cappella is a unique musical Russian-British collaboration, a mixed chamber choir with a wide repertoire drawn from Russia’s rich musical heritage, sadly unfamiliar […] Read More

BALLET-OPERA: Liturgie by Spectra Ensemble at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, 25 July

BALLET-OPERA: Liturgie by Spectra Ensemble at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, 25 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/07/2017 9:00 AM

Ballet-opera Liturgie was first conceived by Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes collaborators while carousing with the Italian Futurists and Igor Stravinsky. First formed in Paris in 1909, the Ballets Russes cultivated an international reputation that attracted stellar collaborations between figures across the worlds of dance, music, design and fashion: from Coco Chanel and Jean Cocteau […] Read More

The Mariinsky Ballet Opens Its New Season with Don Quixote, 24 July

The Mariinsky Ballet Opens Its New Season with Don Quixote, 24 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/07/2017 10:30 AM

The Mariinsky Ballet opens its London season with the company’s sparkling production of Petipa and Gorsky’s exuberant classic, Don Quixote. Set in romantic Spain, the plot unfolds as the love between Kitri and Basilio is challenged by the fruitless attempts of Kitri’s father to engineer a more lucrative match for his unwilling daughter. The excitement, […] Read More

Evgeny Kissin Recital, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 17 July

Evgeny Kissin Recital, Fondation Louis Vuitton, 17 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/07/2017 6:00 PM

Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted children, the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has remained […] Read More

Symphony of Resonances by O+A (Bruce Odland/Sam Auinger), Thessaloniki, 14 July

Symphony of Resonances by O+A (Bruce Odland/Sam Auinger), Thessaloniki, 14 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/07/2017 9:00 AM

Arseny Avraamov’s Symphony of Sirens (1919–1923) is a sonic legend, a gigantic public event that was impossible to record or to transmit. Text scores and some articles by its creator—an eccentric author, composer, researcher, and inventor—are all that remain. Symphony of Sirens is a beautified translation, the original title, Symphony of Factory Horns, refers to the steam powered timekeepers of […] Read More

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra: Yuri Temirkanov Conducts Pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff, Athens, 6-7 July

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra: Yuri Temirkanov Conducts Pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff, Athens, 6-7 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/07/2017 10:10 AM

Conducted by the great Yuri Temirkanov, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra invites audiences to two special evenings under the shadow of the Acropolis. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya will be presented on 6 July, followed by internationally renowned, 25-year-old Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández’s performance of P. I. […] Read More

Athens State Orchestra: Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein, Dmitri Shostakovich,

Athens State Orchestra: Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein, Dmitri Shostakovich,

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/07/2017 11:51 AM

A landmark masterpiece in the history of cinema and arguably the greatest silent film ever made, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin will be shown at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, during which time the Athens State Orchestra will be performing live Dmitri Shostakovich’s music. Five Shostakovich symphonies (4, 5, 8, 10 and 11) will accompany Eisenstein’s […] Read More

Violinist Maxim Vengerov to Perform at the Sheldonian Theatre, 4 July

Violinist Maxim Vengerov to Perform at the Sheldonian Theatre, 4 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/06/2017 3:42 PM

Originally, it was expected that Lang Lang will perform on this date. However, due to the need of therapy, he had to cancel his concert .In place of Lang Lang’s Maxim Vengerov is going to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto. The second half of the original programme remains unchanged (Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4). The programme […] Read More

BBC Proms 2017. Russian Highlights

BBC Proms 2017. Russian Highlights

BY Olga Jegunova POSTED 27/06/2017 4:00 PM

Our readers may already anticipate the feast for the ears and eyes, which is the BBC Proms, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall each year. One of our authors makes a comprehensive list of those musical concerts featuring Russian classical music performed throughout the Proms season.  BBC Proms is a world-famous classical music festival. […] Read More

Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva Guildhall Professors and Highly-Acclaimed Piano Duo Perform Rachmaninov, 10 July

Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva Guildhall Professors and Highly-Acclaimed Piano Duo Perform Rachmaninov, 10 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/06/2017 10:59 AM

An exceptional pianist himself, Rachmaninov comprehensively explored works for the instrument and these works for two pianos are no exception with romantic melodies that stunningly reveal the piano’s the expressive possibilities. One of the most highly-acclaimed piano duos performing today, Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are passionate advocates for the wide range of four hands […] Read More

The BSO Summer Concert of Classical Russian Music, 1 July

The BSO Summer Concert of Classical Russian Music, 1 July

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/06/2017 10:08 AM

Expect grand passions, tender moments, and melody after wondrous melody in a concert that features Tchaikovsky’s vivid 5th Symphony. We are delighted to have Tim Crawford as the soloist in a rare performance of the luscious violin concerto by the ‘Russian Mendelssohn’, Alexander Glazunov. A wonderful finale to our season. Despite still studying for his […] Read More

London Phoenix Orchestra. The Art of Folk Music of Eastern Europe, 29 June

London Phoenix Orchestra. The Art of Folk Music of Eastern Europe, 29 June

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/06/2017 4:55 PM

An evening of music inspired by the Art and Folk Music of Eastern Europe, journeying from Poland to the highlands of Armenia, through to Russia. The concert opens with Witold Lutosławski’s Little Suite. Then brilliant Armenian violinist Ani Batikian joins the London Phoenix Orchestra, conducted by Levon Parikian, in Aram Khachaturian’s exuberant Violin Concerto, a […] Read More

Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra Performs Rachmaninov at Cadogan Hall, 28 June

Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra Performs Rachmaninov at Cadogan Hall, 28 June

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 23/06/2017 3:06 PM

Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.3 was first performed in London in 1937, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham for his new London Philharmonic. Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra brings this work of ‘superb Russian melancholy’ to life, conducted by Martin André. The concert also features Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920 version) and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, performed by Hannah […] Read More

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