Vladimir Spivakov dedicates the closing concert of the Christmas Festival to Leonard Bernstein

January 24, 2018 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center
VIII Christmas Festival of Sacred Music
Concert to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein
Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"
Artistic Director – Lev Kontorovich
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Kancheli, Mozart, Barber, Bernstein


The annual Christmas Festival of Sacred Music is traditionally closed by Vladimir Spivakov, the Artistic Director of the event, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" directed by Lev Kontorovich.

From year to year, the Festival presents outstanding musical works of different epochs, national schools and church traditions, introducing the centuries-old heritage of the Christian musical culture to the public. Vladimir Spivakov dedicates the final program of the VIII Christmas Festival with soloists of the Bolshoi Theater and the New Opera Theatre to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Bernstein had a special place in Vladimir Spivakov's life. The musicians met for the first time on the Mozarteum stage in Salzburg in 1984, and since then they gave many joined concerts. Soon after the first meeting Bernstein became one of mentors to Spivakov who had already reached the heights in violin playing by the time but only started to learn the art of directing the orchestra. As a sign of faith in Spivakov's conducting future Bernstein gave him his conductor baton with which the Russian Maestro has never parted.


"Bernstein is a god in the world of music to me, - says Vladimir Spivakov. - The Chichester psalms, his spiritual testament, is a rarest great work, the composer's opus magnum. It is a call for our wisdom, peacefulness, adherence to the Commandments, telling us not about the author's piety, but about his common sense and moral standing - about the high ethic that is gaining increasing importance in our much troubled days.”



Kancheli. «Silent Prayer» for violin, cello, vibraphone, bass guitar, strings and boy treble
Soloists: Vladimir Spivakov, violin
Piotr Gladysh, cello (the NPR's member)
Dmitry Barkov, vibraphone (the NPR's member)
Nikolay Solonovich, bass guitar (the NPR's member)
Vladislav Ushakov, treble

Mozart. «Krönungsmesse» (Coronation Mass), KV 317
Soloists: Anna Aglatova, soprano (the Bolshoi's soloist)
Svetlana Shilova, mezzo (the Bolshoi's soloist)
Alexey Nekludov, tenor (the Novaya Opera Theatre's soloist)
Oleg Tsybulko, bass (The Bolshoi's guest soloist)

Barber. Adagio for Strings

Bernstein. «Chichester Psalms» for boy treble, solo quartet, choir and orchestra
Soloist – Vadim Kuznetsov, treble


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