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 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.


The NPR is recording the new album

On January 21, 2017, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia started a recording session of Sergei Rachmaninoff's works. During four days to follow there will be recorded the composer's Fourth Piano Concerto (soloist – Alexander Romanovsky) and “Symphonic Dances”, both conducted by Vladimir Spivakov. In accordance with the established tradition the recording is done with the participation of German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a Grammy and ECHO Award winner, a constant partner of such recorded music companies as Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. In 2015-2016 Nedel and his company b-sharp took part in the NPR's release under Sony Music's label of an album of Edvard Grieg's music “A Wounded Heart” (it can be heard in the “Audio Section), as well as in the recordings of Taneyev's “John of Damascus” Cantata (see “Sacred Russia”), Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and “Eugene Onegin” with top singers of Moscow opera houses.

Symphony “On the Threshold of a Bright World” on CD of the NPR

Vyacheslav Artyomov is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest living composer. After the fall of the Soviet regime his music has travelled the world to great acclaim. It is deep, ultimately spiritual and brilliantly crafted, with influences from the Russian symphonic tradition colored by Mahler, Honegger and Messiaen to name a few but melded into a unique voice. Symphony "On the Threshold of a Bright World" is the second of his gigantic symphonic tetralogy “Symphony of the Way” commissioned by Mstislav Rostropovich to whose memory the disc is dedicated. The symphony is accompanied by another major work, Ave Atque Vale for percussion and orchestra, and the much more traditional Ave, Crux Alba a setting of the Hymn of the Knights of Malta. The conductor, Ashkenazy, needs no introduction, being one of the most lauded and accomplished figures in music today. Overall, this is a disc of high importance in the symphonic repertoire (world premiere recordings). Symphony: On the Threshold of a Bright World (in 18 continuous episodes, tracked individually on CD only) Ave Atque Vale, for percussion and orchestra Rostislav Sharayevsky, percussion Ave, Crux Alba, for choir and orchestra Helikon Theatre Choir of Moscow

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin will be recorded by Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR

On June 16, 2016, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia start recording the opera "Eugene Onegin" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It will be recorded in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center during 10 days. World famous singers, leading soloists of the best Russian and European theatres are invited to perform the main roles: Hibla Gerzmava (Tatiana), Vasily Ladyuk (Onegin), Dmitry Korchak (Lensky), Julia Mazurova (Olga), Ekaterina Morozova (Larina), Nikolai Didenko (Gremin), Valery Gilmanov (Zaretsky, Company Commander) etc. The Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" under the direction of People's Artist of Russia Lev Kontorovich are also taking part in the recording. One of the key figures in this series of recordings will be well-known German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a winner of the Grammy and the ECHO Awards, and a permanent partner of Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. Nedel is known for his successful long-term cooperation with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he has repeatedly worked with Denis Matsuev. The NPR's previous recordings – the Edvard Grieg Album "A Wounded Heart" for Sony Music and album with masterpieces by Stravinsky, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky – were made with the participation of Nedel and his “b-sharp” studio.