Denis Matsuev and Vladimir Spivakov will perform Russian concertos

October 27, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall
9th Moscow Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...”
Soloist - Denis MATSUEV, piano
Conductor - Vladimir SPIVAKOV
Tchaikovsky. "Romeo and Juliet", Overture-Fantasy
Rachmaninoff. Concerto No.4 for piano and orchestra in G minor, Op. 40
Prokofiev. Concerto No.2 for piano and orchestra in G minor, Op. 16



Agnes Langer and Mihhail Gerts will open «Masterpieces for All Times» Subscription Series

October 5, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC
«Masterpieces for All Times» Subscription Series No.1
Soloist – Agnes LANGER, violin (Hungary)
Conductor – Mihhail GERTS (Estonia)
Beethoven. Overture to the ballet "The Creatures of Prometheus”, Op. 43
Shostakovich. Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in A minor, Op. 77
Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67



The NPR will open its new season with a world premiere

September, 30 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
«Romantic Concerti: A Territory of Discoveries» Subscription Series No. 33
Ekaterina Mechetina, piano
Nikita Borisoglebsky, violin
Sergey Antonov, cello
(to the Trio's 10th Anniversary)
Conductor – Philipp Chizhevsky
Beethoven. Concerto for piano, violin, cello and orchestra in C major, Op. 56
Beethoven. "Egmont" Overture
Kuzma Bodrov. Triple Concerto (World premiere)



The NPR will opening its new concert season in Ufa

On September 14 to 16, the "Bashkortostan" State Concert Hall will host the third edition of the "Vladimir Spivakov Invites ..." Festival. Once again, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will lead the Festival programs, opening its new concert season in Ufa. All three concerts will be conducted by Vladimir Spivakov, the NPR's Artistic Director. The Maestro will also present to Bashkirian audience rising stars of performing arts, some of whom are already known to Ufa's music lovers.

Colmar : un festival sous la baguette de Michel Plasson

Michel Plasson / © Maxppp Nathalie Saint-Affre

Michel Plasson / © Maxppp Nathalie Saint-Affre

Le 29ème festival international de Colmar a débuté mercredi pour dix jours de musique franco-russe. Le chef d'orchestre Michel Plasson y a dirigé, en ouverture, l'orchestre national philarmonique de Russie. Le public avait répondu présent.

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On se presse à l'ouverture de ce festival, qui porte aussi le nom de son directeur musical Vladimir Spivakov, violoniste et chef d'orchestre russe. Le tout Colmar est là pour dix jours de musique dans la ville. Une petite institution que de nombreux Alsaciens fréquentent chaque année avec bonheur. Une mélomane croisée mercredi soir est, elle, venue tout spécialement pour entendre le pianiste François-René Duchâble, son "chouchou".  

François-René Duchâble, qui ne se montre plus si souvent sur scène était pourtant bien présent à Colmar mercredi avec le concerto pour main gauche de Ravel. Accompagné par un orchestre russe : "je suis contente que ce soit un orchestre russe, nous dit cette spectatrice juste avant le concert, (...) je viens de Roumanie, alors j'espère que ce sera le même genre de musique".

Colmar : l'hommage au chef d'orchestre Michel Plasson

Colmar : l'hommage au chef d'orchestre Michel Plasson
Le 29ème festival international de Colmar a débuté mercredi pour dix jours de musique franco-russe. Michel Plasson y a dirigé, en ouverture, l'orchestre national philarmonique de Russie. Le public avait répondu présent. - G. Dreyer et V. Lemiesle.

Finalement, si l'orchestre était bien russe, le chef, lui, était arrivé avec un programme français ! Jouer Dutilleux en ouverture, c'était le choix de Michel Plasson à qui le festival rend hommage cette année. Cette musique très française fut une découverte pour les musiciens et la rencontre a eu lieu selon Michel Plasson : "Ils comprennent le sens profond de la musique, c'est très russe ça, explique le chef d'orchestre, assis à côté de son ami Vladimir Spivakov.

Ce duo Plasson-Spivakov, c'est l'amitié musicale franco-russe au coeur de ce festival 2017. Spivakov s'est dit "très heureux" d'être là avec ses amis. Sa programmation nous mènera cette année de Berlioz à Rachmaninov et de Poulenc à Tchaïkovski. Une programmation écrite à quatre mains par deux très grands musiciens.

29th Colmar International Festival – Tribute to Michel Plasson

29th Colmar International Festival
From 5th to 14th July 2017

Tribute to Michel Plasson

In 2017, the Colmar International Festival will be paying tribute to Michel Plasson, one of the most prominent figures on the French and international music scene of the last decades. Keeping with our rich tradition of relations between France and Russia, Vladimir Spivakov, artistic director of the festival, was determined to pay tribute to his famous colleague. They have enjoyed a long relationship, formed by their mutual admiration.

For a long time now, Michel Plasson's name has been particularly associated with work aiming to defend and demonstrate the French repertoire from the 14th and 15th centuries. He said himself that he has devoted his life to finding "rediscovered sound". Born in 1933, he studied at the Paris Conservatory and won first prize for the Besançon competition in 1962. After a trip to the United States, where he was mentored by Leinsdorf, Monteux and Stokowski, he returned to France. In 1968, he became the director of the Capitole de Toulouse. For thirty-five years, he transformed his orchestra and town into a first-class music centre, with a very strong identity. By directing all repertoires, Michel Plasson took on the role of defender of French music, creating and recording benchmark modern interpretations of the pillars of lyrical and symphonic repertoire: Faust, Carmen, Lakmé, Romeo and Juliet, La Vie parisienne, symphonic works by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Ravel etc… He also brought some forgotten-about compositions back to life, by Ropartz and Roussel to Chabrier and Magnard…Furthermore, he has collaborated with some composers of his own time, in particular Dutilleux and Landowski. At the same time, Michel Plasson pursued an international career, directing from the biggest stages and with the greatest of artists. He was the director of the Dresden Philharmonic from 1994 to 2001. This work, which may seem natural to some, has set him aside from others and made him into a leading figure. More recently, Michel Plasson founded an academy, where he passes on his knowledge and passion for music. Several of his students now lead an international career.

With Michel Plasson and Vladimir Spivakov, the 2017 edition of the Festival promises to be exceptional. Together they will direct the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, one of the greatest Russian orchestras and guest of honour of the Festival, in one of the largest concert halls. As can be expected, French music will be honoured, from Berlioz to Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns and Ravel. Vladimir Spivakov is eager to inject some Russian and romantic repertoire music, for which he has a particular fondness. As with every year, the Festival will be hosting some of the greatest performers of our time, both singers and instrumentalists, some of whom have followed Michel Plasson's prestigious programme (François-René Duchâble, Sophie Koch). The Festival also aims to let the public discover young contemporary talents and future upcoming soloists. They will be able to listen to a rich series of recitals and chamber music before the evening concerts begin.