The Russian tour of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is going on. Within a month, Vladimir Spivakov and his collective will perform in Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and the towns of the Orenburg Region (see below). Anna Aglatova (soprano), a star of the Bolshoi Theatre, will take part in the six concerts of the tour. She will sing (with the Orchestra) arias from the operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Massenet and popular masterpieces of Delibes, Jimenez and Lehar.
In the second part of each concert, Vladimir Spivakov will present to the audience his interpretation of one of his most beloved works by Russian composers - Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.
The NPR's Russian tours are held within the framework of the All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons Project of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov's baton will open the 80th Concert Season of the Buryat State Philharmonic Society. The Maestro and his collective will give two concerts within the “All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons” Project on the stage of the N.A. Bestuzhev Russian Drama Theater in Ulan-Ude on 4 and 5 September 2018 (see the programme below). They will be joined by mezzo Polina Shamaeva, the soloist of the E. Kolobov “New Opera” Moscow Theatre and the winner of the “Grand Opera” TV Show and of several international competitions,e.g., the Second Prize winner of the XV Tchaikovsky Competition, and cellist Alexander Ramm.
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will start its new season in Irkutsk: the Orchestra has the honor to open Denis Matsuev's 13th International Festival “Stars on Lake Baikal”. On September 1-3, 2018, the NPR and Vladimir Spivakov will give three concerts at the N.M. Zagursky Irkutsk Regional Musical Theater, which will feature also illustrious soloists: Denis Matsuev (piano), the Festival's Artistic Director, Alexandra Konunova (violin), the winner of the Third Prize of the XV Tchaikovsky Competition, young pianist and composer Elisey Mysin, a participant of the "Blue Bird" TV Show, Alexandra Dovgan (piano), the Grand Prix winner of the Grand Piano Competition-2018 , Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), the winner of the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition, and Daniel Lozakovich (violin), the winner of the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa.
L’art lyrique est peu représenté au Festival international de Colmar et c’est une version intrigante d’Eugène Onéguine, car tronquée, qui était présentée hier soir : une récitante narrait l’intrigue entre chaque moment clé de l’oeuvre – comprendre entre les grands airs et les grands passages symphoniques* – en version de concert au cœur de l’Eglise Saint-Matthieu par l’Orchestre Philharmonique national de Russie, sous la direction de Vladimir Spivakov.
On June 15, 2018, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia has started another series of recordings. Vladimir Spivakov is resuming his recordings of preeminent works of Russian music: within eight days there will be captured his interpretations of Scriabin's Le Poème de l'extase, the Suite from Stravinsky's Le baiser de la fée, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade Symphonic Suite. They all will be released under the Maestro's own label Spivakov Sound.
In addition, a separate album will present the NPR's new program titled Treasures and Rarities of Bel Canto, first rendered on June 8 at the “Vladimir Spivakov invites ...” Festival Edition in Perm and dedicated to the memory of Dmitry Hvorostovsky. Baritone Vasily Ladyuk, the soloist of the Kolobov “Novaya Opera” Theatre, the NPR's soloists Kirill Soldatov (trumpet) and Andrey Mikhailovsky (clarinet) took part in it. The program includes overtures and arias from operas by Bellini (Norma, I Puritani, Il Pirata), Donizetti (Dom Sébastien, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor, L'elisir d'amore, La favorita, Il duca d'Alba) and Rossini (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guillaume Tell ), as well as the virtuoso concert variations by Arban and Bassi on themes from popular operas.
As before the recording is made with the participation of German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a Grammy and ECHO award winner, a permanent partner of such recorded music companies as Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. In 2015-2017 Nedel and his b-sharp company took part in the NPR's release of an Edvard Grieg music album titled A Wounded Heart (Sony Music) (it can be heard in the “Audio Section”), as well as in the recordings of the Holy Russia album (Spivakov Sound), some works by Russian and European classics and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin opera.
As usual Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia complete the concert season with tours in Russia. On June 1-3 the Maestro and the Orchestra will give concerts in Omsk, and on June 5-9 - in Perm.
May 26, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Concert of the members of the NPR's Conductor-Training Group
Rossini. Overture to the opera “La Gazza Ladra”
Conductor – Arsenty Tkachenko
Wagner. Introduction to Act 1 and Intermission to Act 3 of the opera “Lohengrin”
Conductor – Arif Dadashev
Dukas. “L'Apprenti sorcier”, symphonic scherzo
Conductor – Sergey Akimov
Prokofiev. Fragments from the ballet “Cinderella”
Conductor – Dmitry Matvienko
Marquez. Danson No. 2
Conductor – Pyotr Gladysh
Bernstein. Suite from the musical “West Side Story”
Conductor – Alexander Humala
May 21, 2018 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center
Soloist – Vladimir Spivakov, violin
Conductor – Tugan Sokhiev
Gabriel Fauré. Suite from incidental music to Maeterlinck's play “Pelléas and Mélisande”, Op. 80
Alban Berg. Concerto for violin and orchestra (“To the Memory of an Angel”)
Johannes Brahms. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
April 29, 2018 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC
“Masterpieces for All Times” Subscription series No. 2
Conductor – Charles OLIVIERI-MUNROE
Smetanа. Má vlast: “Vyšehrad”, “Vltava”, “Šárka”, “Z českých luhů a hájů”, “Tábor”, “Blaník”
April 24, 2018 | Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire
Academic Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”
(Artistic Director and Principal Conductor - Lev Kontorovich)
Soloists: Anna Aglatova, soprano
Alexey Neklyudov, tenor
Vasily Ladyuk, baritone
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Rachmaninoff. “We Praise Thee..” from Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Rachmaninoff. “Virgin, rejoice...” and the “Six Psalms” from “All-Night Vigil”
Rachmaninoff. Vocalise (orchestral version)
Rachmaninoff. “The Bells”, poem for soloists, choir and orchestra, Op. 35
Taneyev. “St. John of Damascus”, cantata for choir and orchestra, Op. 1