The “Holy Rus’ ” Album on Digital Platforms

For the Easter Holiday the NPR and Vladimir Spivakov have prepared a gift for music lovers: there has appeared on digital platforms the first of the series of the Russian music albums recorded to the 15th anniversary of the Orchestra at the Moscow Performing Arts Center in the 2015-2016 season - Holy Rus' . The recording was traditionally made with the assistance of the German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel and his b-sharp Studio.

The "Holy Rus’ " album includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff ("We praise Thee" from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, "The Bells" Poem on the text by Edgar Poe in the Russian translation of Konstantin Balmont) and Sergei Taneev (Cantata "St. John of Damascus" on the verses by Alexey K. Tolstoy), sung by Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Dmitry Korchak (tenor), Vasily Ladyuk (baritone), the Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" and the Choir of the V. Popov Academy of Choral Arts. Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov.

The NPR is completing the Rachmaninoff Music Audio Collection

In April, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia are completing the many-years labors of recording symphonic works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The multimedia set, which will contain all his Symphonies and Piano Concertos (also the “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”), “Symphonic Dances” and “Three Russian Songs”, will be released to the composer's 150th anniversary in April 2023. The piano part in all Concertos is played by Alexander Romanovsky, while the “Three Russian Songs” recording was made together with the Academic Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing” led by Lev Kontorovich.
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Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR Have Performed at the World Holocaust Forum

The Fifth World Holocaust Forum, held in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020, turned out to be one of the largest events in the history of Israel with the participation of foreign leaders. The Forum, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945, and titled “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism”, was initiated by the President of the European Jewish Congress Moshe (Vyacheslav) Kantor with the support of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Mr. Rivlin acted as the official host. The event was attended by more than 60 delegations from around the world, including 45 royalty, many state and government heads (also President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who made a speech).

The Forum was joined by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, which incorporated musicians from France, Germany, Poland, Israel and the USA, as well as by a combined choir of singers from Russia (“Masters of Choral Singing”), France, the UK (Covent Garden Choir ) and the USA (Young People’s Chorus of New York City). Vladimir Spivakov conducted the “international capella”, which became “the symbol of peace and harmony, we are striving for”. Under the baton of the maestro, the works by Isaac Schwartz, Viktor Ullmann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karl Jenkins and Camille Saint-Saëns were performed.
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DG has released a new album of Daniel Lozakovich and NPR

Today, on the 18th of October, the largest record company Deutsche Grammohpon has released the long-awaited album of Daniel Lozakovich, the rising violin star who already won several prestigious competitions in Europe and the USA, and took the First Prize at the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa.
The None But The Lonely Heart CD, which features works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Concerto for violin and orchestra and a number of miniatures, including the Lensky Aria transcription, Valse-Scherzo and Meditation from the Souvenir d'un lieu cher / Memory of a dear place cycle), was recorded this spring with the participation of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia directed by Vladimir Spivakov (the orchestral tracks were recorded at the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center).
One can see the complete track list and purchase the Album on the Deutsche Grammohpon official website.

Michel Plasson and the NPR, the story of artistic cooperation

A concert of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of  French conductor Michel Plasson was held on the stage of the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Intermational Performing Arts Center on April 12. The Maestro had directed previously the Russian collective only in France - at the International Music Festival in Colmar. The first joint performance took place on July 14, 2006 (that year edition of the Festival was dedicated to Emil Gilels), and the program of the concert was compiled exclusively of works by Maurice Ravel - one of Plasson's  most treasured composers. Ravel's music (Ma mère l'Oye, the First Piano Concerto with Philipp Kopachevsky as soloist) was also played in Part 1 of the Moscow concert.

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Subscription series of the NPR: 2019/2020

On February 1, the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Moscow International Performing Arts Center have started sales of subscription tickets for the 2019/2020 concert season. As usual the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia  offers  its own concert series in the main Philharmonic halls and also at its "home" venue – the Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC. In addition, the NPR again takes part in the Philharmonic assorted subscriptions given in the list below.

The only subscription series of the Orchestra in the Moscow International Performing Arts Center is connected with Beethoven's 250th birth anniversary which will be widely celebrated all over the world in 2020. Soloists from different countries – violinist Daniel Lozakovich (Sweden), pianists John Lill (UK), Alexander Romanovsky (Ukraine – Italy) and Russian Anna Tsybuleva will take part in four programs of the Beethoven-250 cycle. The Violin and all the Piano Concertos of the Viennese classic, as well as two symphonies and the  overture Die Weihe des Hauses (Consecration of the House) will be performed.

The pallet of the Philharmonic series is lavish and varied. In the new season, the NPR will traditionally have two own subscriptions at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Nos. 21-22, the latter includes matinee concerts for family visits with programs aimed at the widest audience), as well as a subscription in the  Rachmaninoff Concert Hall at the “Philharmonic-2” Complex (No. 99).

In a number of popular Philharmonic series, which include concerts with the NPR's participation, there are  subscriptions dedicated to  masterpieces of world music and outstanding performers: “Vocal Evenings” (No. 10), “The Great Piano Concerti” (No. 37, Tchaikovsky Hall), “Great Instrumental Concerti”(No. 43, Tchaikovsky Hall),“Musical Tops ”(No. 73, Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Great Hall), etc.

The concerts will feature the NPR's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov, conductors Alexander Vedernikov, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Gabriel Bebeșelea (Romania), Dimitris Botinis, Alexander Soloviev, Rani Calderon (Israel), baritone Matthias Goerne (Germany), soprano Nadezhda Gulitskaya, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard (France), Boris Berezovsky, Dmitry Masleev, Philipp Kopachevsky, Timofey Vladimirov, Ivan Bessonov, cellist Alexander Ramm, jazz trumpeter Vadim Eilenkrig. A special program will present conductors-interns of the NPR's Trainee Project.

The subscriptions can be purchased at the box-offices of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, the Moscow International Performing Arts Center and online.
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Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR have started the new recordings

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 (NormaI 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.

The new Conductor-Trainee Group of the NPR started its work

The Conductor-Trainee Group of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia in its updated edition started its work in January. At the first meeting with the trainees Georgy Ageev, Director of the Orchestra, talked about the principles of concert program formation.

A professional-club  format envisages classes to be held twice a month under the leadership of Alexander Solovyev. Each meeting will address a specific topic. Thus, on January 29, the role of a conductor in the modern musical art was discussed, and the problem spurred an interesting discussion. The subjects for further meetings include among others “Intonation”, “Tempo”, “Phrasing”, “Structure”, “Form Generation”, “Accompaniment”, “Working with a choir”, “Planning a rehearsal”, “Choice of concert programs”. In addition, several sessions will be focussed on analysis and performance of certain musical works.

The Year-Finalizing Concert of the Group's members will be given on May 26, 2018, at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall  in the framework of the Moscow Philharmonic Society's new project named "Mom, I am a Music Lover". The program will be based on the public's vote.

Just to remind: the NPR's Conductor-Trainee Group was organized in the 2004/2005 Season on the initiative of Georgy Ageev. In 2017, a new competition was announced for the Group's membership, on the result of which Arsenty Tkachenko, Anna Rakitina, Sergei Akimov, Dmitry Matvienko, Arif Dadashev, Pyotr Gladysh and Alexander Humala joined it. On December 5-6, 2017, open rehearsals of six of the seven competitors were held at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.

 

The NPR conductor-training group will be completed in December

On December 5-6, 2017, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre will host the final selection of conductors for the Internship Group of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Based on  the preliminary selection (video materials and interviews), seven young, but already titled conductors, who won awards at international competitions and took up positions in well-known orchestras and musical theatres, have reached the finals. They are Russians Arsenti Tkachenko, Anna Rakitina, Sergey Akimov, Arif Dadashev, Pyotr Gladysh and representatives of Belarus Dmitry Matvienko and Alexander Humala.
Within two days, trainees will deliver open rehearsals with the Orchestra, then the NPR musicians will vote for the most interesting and compelling maestros. The final decision  will be made by the NPR's Artistic Director  Vladimir Spivakov, the NPR's director Georgy Ageev (the architect and patron of the Internship Project) and the head of the Internship Group Alexander Soloviev.
The conductors were asked to choose a musical piece from six masterpieces programmed by the NPR  for the current concert season to work on with the Orchestra. Each contestant is given an hour, he chooses the form of rehearsal with the score himself (the whole opus or detailed work on fragments or orchestral parts). The specifics of rehearsals and biographies of the participants are given below.

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