Images of Russia in Music

November 28, 2023 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC
Images of Russia in Music
Conductor – Arsenty Tkachenko
Balakirev. Overture on three Russian themes
Rimsky-Korsakov. "Three Miracles" from the opera "The Tale of Tsar Saltan"
Stravinsky. Fragments from the ballet "The Firebird"
Mussorgsky. "Dawn on the Moskva-River" - Introduction to the opera "Khovanshchina"
Tchaikovsky. Dance of the Tumblers from "The Snow Maiden"
Mussorgsky – Ravel. "The Bogatyr Gate at Kiev" from "The Pictures at an Exhibition"
Glinka. Overture from the opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila"
Borodin. Polovtsian Dances from the opera "The Prince Igor"
Tchaikovsky. The Festival Coronation March
Rimsky-Korsakov. "Battle of Kerzhenets" from the opera "Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh"
Tchaikovsky. «The Year 1812» Overture


The interactive program of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Arsenty Tkachenko is addressed to genuine lovers of classical music and visual arts. It follows the concert series in the Moscow largest halls where the performance of musical works was combined with a special video selection. The director and author of all these video installations is Ekaterina Vasileva.

Russian academic music of the 19th and 20th centuries is immanently combined with the national history and culture. Composers sought inspiration in folk traditions and the inheritance of predecessors, historical chronicles and events, nature and art works, thus reflecting all these riches in their scores.

The music range of the program, dedicated to images of Russia, encompasses world-known gems of great Russian composers. They include the forerunner of Russian classic music Mikhail Glinka, his proselytes – the members of the Mighty Five group – Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as their younger contemporary Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and finally one of the grands of the 20th century Igor Stravinsky whose  “The Firebird” ballet, based on Russian fairy tales, was the jewel of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris.


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