The NPR records new CDs

Having closed the concert season, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is returning to the recording studio. From June 16th to June 22th, Vladimir Spivakov will record with his orchestra the First Symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Requiem by Karl Jenkins, as well as complete the work on the album “Bel Canto Treasures and Rarities” with baritone Vasily Ladyuk. Records will be released under the Maestro's own label – Spivakov Sound.

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Bel Canto Treasures and Rarities: A Tribute to Dmitry Hvorostovsky

February, 2019 | Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire
Bel Canto Treasures and Rarities
To the memory of Dmitry Hvorostovsky
Soloist – Vassily Ladyuk, baritone
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov

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The Moscow premiere of the "Bel Canto Treasures and Rarities" program, dedicated to the memory of the outstanding Russian singer Dmitry Hvorostovsky, will take place at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire on February 20. The star of the concert will be Vassily Ladyuk, a fine baritone, soloist of the E.V. Kolobov "Novaya Opera” Theatre, guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theater and one of the closest artistic partners of Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR.
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L’âme russe déferle sur l’Alsace: Eugène Onéguine (extraits) – Colmar

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.

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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 Rachmaninoff Days will be closed by the Holy Russia Program

April 24, 2018 | Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire 
“Holy Russia”
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

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30th Colmar International Festival

In 2018, the 30th edition of the International Festival in Colmar pays tribute to the outstanding pianist and composer Evgeny Kissin. The Festival's Artistic Director Vladimir Spivakov, whose close friendship and cooperation with Evgeny Kissin counts several decades already, first invited the 20-year-old pianist to Colmar in 1992. At the Festival's present edition Evgeny will give several concerts. The Festival in Alsace opens with the pianist's recital on July 4, on July 9 Kissin will perform with the members of the Kopelman-Quartet and Vladimir Spivakov (works by Kissin and Shostakovich), and on July 13 he will play with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov. Moreover, on July 11 there will be a poetry evening of Evgeny Kissin, whose multifaceted talent reveals itself not only in piano playing and composing music.

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The NPR’s Russia Tour Continues in Belgorod and Kursk

The NPR and Vladimir Spivakov will continue their Russia tour in the Belgorod and Kursk regions on May 17-20. The tour is supported by the "ArtOkno" Festival by Alisher Usmanov's "Art, Science and Sport" Charity Foundation . The Festival was established in 2017 in order to organize various cultural events in the Belgorod, Kursk and Orenburg regions and assist the regional cultural centers. The NPR's concerts will take place in Belgorod (May 17), Stary Oskol (May 18), Kursk (May 19) and Zheleznogorsk (May 20). The audiences will be offered a program compiled of popular overtures, arias and duets from Italian and French operas (see below). Marika Machitidze (soprano), the star of the "The Grand Opera" TV Project, and Vasily Laduk (baritone), the soloist of the “Novaya Opera” Teater, will sing in the concerts. Major part of the tickets for the NPR's performances there is free of charge. Vladimir Spivakov: "Thanks to the support of Alisher Usmanov's Charity Foundation, it is not our first visit to the Belgorod and Kursk regions. I am very glad to be able to give concerts in the Russian regions, especially in small towns. I like the idea of the "ArtOkno" Festival which provides a free artistic dialogue between the regions and the main cultural centers of Russia. " Fatima Mukhomejan, Deputy Director of the “Art, Science and Sport” Foundation: "We have been cooperating with Maestro Vladimir Spivakov for many years and are glad that he always supports our projects and responds to our offers to perform in the Russian regions despite his very busy schedule. I am sure that the May concerts will be once again successful events and will be warmly received by all admirers of the musical art. " Read more...

The NPR and Vladimir Spivakov Will Perform in Tashkent

On the 26th of April the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will appear in Tashkent: the concert will take place at the Palace of International Forums “Uzbekistan”. The NPR will be led by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov.

The night will be another clear evidence of the effective collaboration of Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation:  on the stage there will meet brilliant musicians, the soloists of top Moscow Opera Houses  Anna Aglatova (soprano) and  Vasily Ladyuk (baritone) and a special guest People's Artist of Uzbekistan Ramiz Usmanov (tenor).

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