On August 19 and 20, Sirius Park of Science and Art will host concerts by the Moscow Soloists orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet.
The musicians will present two programs that will combine chamber works by foreign and Russian composers. “The name of Yuri Bashmet is well known to the local public, it has long become synonymous with musical celebration and artistic courage. The maestro first came to Sirius three years ago. This season, as part of the Big Summer Music Festival, he will again perform simultaneously as a soloist and conductor of his brilliant ensemble, the first Grammy-winning chamber orchestra in Russia. The musicians will give our listeners a unique opportunity to hear rarely performed masterpieces of the chamber repertoire,” said Hans-Joachim Frei, Artistic Director of the Talent and Success Foundation. Moscow Soloists is a chamber orchestra created by People’s Artist of Russia, violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet. The team is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This event will not bypass Sirius. The ensemble will present two programs in the Park of Science and Art.
August 19. “Musical Journey”.
The concert program will bring together works by composers from Europe, Japan and Russia. Compositions will be performed that have become the “calling card” of the group for its entire 30-year history. The evening will open with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 13, known worldwide as the “Little Night Serenade”. Alfred Schnittke’s First Concerto for Piano and Orchestra will continue. The soloist will be pianist Ksenia Bashmet. Three pictures from the East by Robert Schumann, originally existing in the form of a piano cycle, will sound arranged for string orchestra, made by
by the author himself.
Along with the works of the classics, the team will present an unusual work by the contemporary composer Kuzma Bodrov. In Niccolò Paganini’s “Reflections” of the theme of Caprice No. 24 written especially for the ensemble, the composer skillfully combined variations on the famous Paganini violin theme with quotations from the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Berg. Violist Yuri Bashmet and violinists Andrei Poskrobko, Arina Shevlyakova, Olga Kolgatina, Kirill Kravtsov, Mikhail Ashurov will perform as soloists. At the end of the concert, the Blues from the movie “Jose Torres” and the Waltz from “Alien Face” by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu will sound.
August 20 “Intimate Voices”
In accordance with the name of the program – translated as “Secret Voices” – “Moscow Soloists” will present rare works by outstanding Russian composers. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op. 110bis will be performed. One of the composer’s most performed works was originally created as Quartet No. 8. The violist and conductor Rudolf Barshai expanded the composition and revised the work into a Chamber Symphony for Strings. It received Shostakovich’s approval and was added to his list of works as opus 110 bis. Also in Barshai’s arrangement for strings, the Moscow Soloists will perform six selected “Fleeting” by Sergei Prokofiev. In continuation, Mieczysław Weinberg’s Concertino for Violin and Orchestra will be performed, Mikhail Feiman will perform the solo part. Towards the end of the evening, the touching “Russian Song” from Igor Stravinsky’s opera “Mavra” will be presented – soloist and conductor Yuri Bashmet.
Concerts of the Moscow Soloists will be held as part of the Sochi. Sirius” with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.