Today, 28 August, the catalogue of the Mariinsky Theatre’s recording label sees a new addition
Today, 28 August, the catalogue of the Mariinsky Theatre’s recording label sees a new addition. The latest disc features Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and Shchedrin’s Second Piano Concerto performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of maestro Gergiev with soloist Denis Matsuev. The disc in SACD format may be ordered on the Mariinsky label’s official website http://vk.cc/46YNa4 as well as in iTunes format http://vk.cc/46ZioS.
Pianist Denis Matsuev spoke of the latest release and his relationship with these works: “With this recording we wanted to present the works of great Russian composers from different periods. Rachmaninoff’s First Concerto is one of my favourite pieces. Rachmaninoff wrote it when he was still a student at the conservatoire, and despite his young years he was able to prove himself as an outstanding composer. Stravinsky’s Capriccio is a wonderful work with a stunning sense of humour. It is also very cinematographic – when you listen to this music it is easy to imagine different visual images and we have tried one way or another to convey these to the listeners. Shchedrin’s works have a special meaning for Russian music. The composer himself is always actively involved in rehearsals, we have the opportunity to speak with him, exchange ideas and discover what he wants from us. That is priceless.”
The recording is dedicated to the memory of Maya Plisetskaya (1925–2015), the wife of Rodion Shchedrin and a friend of the Mariinsky Theatre. Piano Concerto No 2, composed in 1966 and also dedicated to her, was recorded in the presence of Maya Plisetskaya at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in April this year not long before her death.
The Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina has been awarded this prestigious title by the respected German publication for the best debut last season
The Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina has been awarded this prestigious title by the respected German publication for the best debut last season. This was the high ranking afforded to Alina Somova for her first performance as Raymonda in the eponymous ballet by Alexander Glazunov (choreography by Marius Petipa) which took place on 10 May this year at the Mariinsky Theatre. This role is known as one of the most challenging in the classical ballet repertoire, both in terms of the dance language (in the ballet the dancer performs five variations) as well as the emotional colour of the dance – each of the solo variations depicts different facets of the character’s personality.
It was these aspects that drew particular admiration from the critics and influenced the magazine’s choice in its traditional summing-up of the season’s results: “The ballerina’s refined technique allowed her to focus on the development of the image of Raymonda entirely, her portrait glimmering with the colours of genuine emotions. Somova convincingly demonstrated the awakening of the female soul. And Glazunov’s music did not sound like an external effective accompaniment to the dance; quite the reverse, its sounds literally blended in and melted into the ballerina’s movements. It is indeed rare to witness such unique and enchanting debuts.”
On 25 and 26 August Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra at the Baltic Sea Festival
On 25 and 26 August Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra at the Baltic Sea Festival. Traditionally, the festival’s concerts are held at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen, built in 1979 and named after the 19th century Swedish Composer Franz Adolf Berwald. The unusual hexagonal shape of the hall accommodates up to one thousand three hundred people and is famed for its exceptional acoustics.
The festival was established in 2003 by Michael Tydén, current head of the festival and former director of the hall, and the conductors Valery Gergiev and Esa-Pekka Salonen. One of the music forum’s aims is to initiate discussion about difficult matters concerning the ecology of the Baltic region. Alongside the music programme there are exhibitions and seminars that focus on environmental problems.
The festival runs on an annual basis in the last week of summer. This year’s festival opens on 24 August with a performance by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. This evening programme will feature music by two Scandinavian classics – Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, the one hundred and fiftieth birth of both of them being widely celebrated this year. On 29 August it will be possible to hear all four symphonies of Arvo Pärt; the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra will mark dedicate its performance to the composer’s eightieth birthday. There will be an unusual programme prepared by the singer Matilda Paulsson and the Swedish Wind Ensemble directed by Hans Ek. The tribute concert titled Desperate Housewives features works by female composers and music-writers including Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann, Julia Wolfe, Rebecca Clarke and Björk.
The Mariinsky Orchestra will be performing twice at the festival – and on both occasions will appear with works by Tchaikovsky. On 25 August these pieces will be performed by prize-winners of the recently-concluded Tchaikovsky Competition – pianist Dmitry Masleyev (1st prize), cellist Alexandre Bouzlov (3rd prize) and violinist Pavel Milyukov (3rd prize). The organisers have titled this concert TCHAIKOVSKY FEVER; after the competition, the broadcasts of which were watched by more than six million people, the performances by the prize-winners have been followed throughout the world.
On 26 August Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing the music from the ballet The Nutcracker, sure to be a true gift to the audience in Stockholm. Performed in concert, the conductor – free of the plot constraints and tempi regulated by the dancing – can destroy preconceptions of The Nutcracker as a magical Christmas fairy-tale; Gergiev conveys the tragic incandescence and the symphonic scale of this ballet score.
The festival concludes with Arnold Schoenberg’s grandiose vocal and symphonic fresco Gurrelieder which will feature three hundred performers conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. This work was last performed in Sweden in 1999.
For news of the Baltic Sea Festival please go to the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BalticSeaFest.
Both Mariinsky Theatre concerts will be broadcast live on Sweden's radio station P2 Live sverigesradio.se/sida
On 24 August at the BBC Proms, soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the London Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen will present the British premiere of a concert version of Dmitry Shostakovich’s uncompleted opera Orango
On 24 August at the BBC Proms, soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the London Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen will present the British premiere of a concert version of Dmitry Shostakovich’s uncompleted opera Orango.
The BBC Proms festival of promenade-concerts is one of the most significant cultural events run by the BBC, drawing performers from throughout the world. Its aim is to introduce wider audiences to the world of classical music. The concerts take place each year between July and September at various venues and parks in London. This year’s festival marks an anniversary year as it has been running for one hundred and twenty years.
Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Chorus, Orchestra and opera soloists have appeared at the Proms on numerous occasions, though this year marks the debuts of singers from the Academy. At the Royal Albert Hall soloists Natalia Pavlova, Natalia Yakimova, Alexander Shagun, Alexander Trofimov, Vladimir Babokin, Oleg Losev, Dmitry Koleushko, Ivan Novoselov, Yuri Yevchuk and Denis Begansky will be appearing in Shostakovich’s surrealist opera Orango. The work will be performed in an orchestral version by British composer Gerard McBurney.
The libretto by Alexei Tolstoy and Alexander Starchakov is based on the story of the human ape Orango who has been created by science, like Bulgakov’s Sharikov. Orango, a mercenary careerist and enemy of communism, is a caricature of the decadent West who openly criticises the Soviet Union.
The opera was commissioned from the twenty-six-year-old composer by the Bolshoi Theatre in 1932 to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the October Revolution, but it was never completed.
The manuscript (roughly forty minutes of music for piano, chorus and eleven solo singers) was discovered in 2004 by Olga Digonskaya, a researcher of the Glinka Archive and Moscow Museum, in the Shostakovich Archive. The man behind the world premiere was the conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2011 in Los Angeles. In 2014 together with the London Philharmonia Orchestra he presented Orango at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire as part of the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival. That same year, with the Finnish Radio Orchestra and the Gustaf Sjökvist and Mikaeli Chamber Choruses, Salonen took the opera to the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, the lead roles being performed by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy. Last May a stage version of Orango produced by the Perm Opera House under the baton of Teodor Currentzis proved a sensation at the Diaghilev Festival.
The “resurrection” of the opera may well prove another sensational event for London audiences, as the young Shostakovich’s opus touches on still-current matters of scientific progress, cultural differences and the public mind-set.
Official website of the BBC Proms: www.bbc.co.uk/events
The recently concluded 232nd season was held under the aegis of Tchaikovsky. The first on-line broadcast of the coming 233rd season will be a performance by Dmitry Masleyev, the winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. In the future, mariinsky.tv plans to broadcast concerts as part of a marathon featuring all of the competition’s prize-winners. Until then, patrons may visit webpages featuring previous on-line broadcasts to hear young musicians and established maestri performing Tchaikovsky’s music once again.
Concert on 2 May 2015
Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
Symphony No 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Dear patrons, please take note of the special working hours of box-offices from 3 August to 15 September 2015. While the season is closed the box-offices continue ticket-sales in the summer regime
Dear patrons, please take note of the special working hours of box-offices from 3 August to 15 September 2015. While the season is closed the box-offices continue ticket-sales in the summer regime.
The box-offices of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall and the Service Centre at the Central Railway Office will be closed from 3 August to 15 September 2015.
Tickets for theatre performances and concerts for the 2015-2016 season may be acquired from the box-office of the Mariinsky-II:
on working days box-offices are open from 11:00 to 19:00, closed from 14:00 to 15:00;
on Saturdays and Sundays box-offices are open from 11:00 to 18:00, closed from 14:00 to 15:00.
As well as from the Mariinsky Theatre box-office at Gostiny Dvor (corner of the Nevskaya and Perinnaya Lines, mezzanine):
on working days box-offices are open from 11:00 to 19:00, closed from 14:30 to 16:00;
on Saturdays and Sundays box-offices are open from 11:00 to 18:00, closed from 14:30 to 16:00.
From 16 September all box-offices will operate as normal.
On 2 August The Nutcracker at the historic Mariinsky Theatre and Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky-II brought the season to a close. The new 2015-2016 season opens on 25 September at all three venues.
The main events of the 232nd season may be seen in the final press for this season
On 2 August The Nutcracker at the historic Mariinsky Theatre and Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky-II brought the season to a close. The new 2015-2016 season opens on 25 September at all three venues.
The main events of the 232nd season may be seen in the final press for this season
Results in figures:
• The season lasted forty-five weeks.
• Performances and concerts took place at seven venues: at the historic Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Mariinsky II and its four chamber music halls.
• There was a total of one thousand, two hundred and fifty-nine performances and concerts, averaging four events per day.
• There were five opera premieres and eleven ballet premieres.
• The theatre ran five festivals in St Petersburg, as well as the grandiose XIV Moscow Easter Festival, including concerts in twenty-seven Russian cities as well as Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
• Our intensive educational work with children has continued; more than twenty thousand year-ten pupils from St Petersburg took part in the interactive project A Theatre Lesson at the Mariinsky, while twelve and a half thousand school pupils from Russia’s regions visited the theatre as part of the programme The Mariinsky Theatre – the Soul of St Petersburg (the Ministry of Culture’s project My Russia: Peter’s City).
Premieres of the 232nd season
• Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia staged by Alain Maratrat.
• Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Anna Matison’s debut as a director).
• El Juez – Die Verlorenen Kinder, an opera by the contemporary Austrian composer Christian Kolonvits, the lead role in which was performed by the internationally acclaimed tenor José Carreras.
• Vladimir Tarnopolsky’s musical tale The True Story of Cinderella entered the theatre’s repertoire in March 2015.
• The Stars of the White Nights festival saw new productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades (directed by Alexei Stepanyuk) and Verdi’s La traviata (directed by Claudia Solti). Following the premiere, the new Queen of Spades was also performed at the summer music festival in Baden-Baden.
• There was the first performance in concert in Russia of Luigi Dallapiccola’s one-act opera Il prigioniero.
• There were also concert performances of the world premieres of operas by contemporary Russian composers – The Damned Apostle by Pyotr Gekker and Bela by Leonid Klinichev.
• The Young Choreographers’ Creative Workshop project has opened up the path for one-act ballets by Maxim Petrov, Ilya Zhivoi, Yuri Smekalov, Vladimir Varnava, Xenia Zvereva and Maxim Sevagin. Three of them – Petrov’s Ballet No 2, Varnava’s Clay and Zvereva’s Second I – are now in the theatre’s repertoire.
• Together with Anna Matison, Anton Pimonov presented the ballet diptych Bambi. In the Jungle to music by Alexander Lokshin and Andrei Golovin.
• The final ballet production of the season was Le Divertissement du Roi, a neoclassical fantasy by Maxim Petrov on baroque themes. It was created specially for Principal Dancer Igor Kolb and was presented at the ballet evening Knights of Dance.
In June and July the theatre welcomed participants of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Musorgsky Hall in the Mariinsky II and the Concert Hall hosted the vocalists’ competition, while the main stage of the Mariinsky II saw the final gala concert of prize-winners. That same evening, the Co-Chair of the competition’s Organisational Committee Valery Gergiev announced the winner of the Grand Prix – the Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar. The jury members – the outstanding musicians Barry Douglas, Denis Matsuev, Lynn Harrell, Leonidas Kavakos, Yuri Bashmet, James Ehnes, Olga Borodina, Mikhail Petrenko and Mikhail Kazakov – all gave recitals in June at the Mariinsky’s various venues.
Tours at the Mariinsky Theatre
• The Beijing Opera
• The Astana Ballet
• The Ballet Company of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre staged one-act ballets by Jiří Kylián as part of the project The Golden Mask Festival in St Petersburg
• The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
• The Venice Baroque Orchestra
• The Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne
• The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
• The Virtuosi di Roma ensemble
• The Wiener Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti
• The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi
Diana Vishneva celebrated twenty years of work with the Mariinsky Ballet with an artistic soirée, which included Hans van Manen’s ballet • The Old Man and Me• and the finale of John Cranko’s ballet Onegin.
To mark one hundred and seventy-five years since the birth of Tchaikovsky the theatre presented every ballet and opera by the composer in the Mariinsky’s current repertoire, as well as preparing an exhibition of costumes from historic productions, archive documents and decoded manuscripts of Tchaikovsky from the theatre’s collection. On the eve of the composer’s birthday, on 6 May at the Mariinsky II there was an Evening of Tchaikovsky, which attracted many new patrons.
• The II Organ Festival (October) presented the internationally acclaimed musicians Thierry Escaich, David Briggs, Maxime Patel, Lada Ladzina and Gunther Rost.
• The International Piano Festival (December and April). This season’s participants included Mira Yevtich, Boris Berezovsky, Daniil Trifonov, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yeol Eum Son, Boris Petrushansky and Alexei Volodin among others.
• The XV ballet festival MARIINSKY (March) was held in collaboration with the Opéra de Paris. Key events included the premieres of the ballets Bambi and In the Jungle, Viktoria Tereshkina’s artistic soirée and the staging of works as part of the Young Choreographers’ Creative Workshop.
• Six orchestras from St Petersburg’s music institutions took part in the I Festival of Children’s and Youth Orchestras (April).
• The XIV Moscow Easter Festival, which ran from 12 April to 9 May, was dedicated this year to the seventieth anniversary of victory in World War II and the anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s birth.
• The XXIII Stars of the White Nights music festival was held under the aegis of Tchaikovsky. The playbill of the festival included several monograph programmes; all of Brahms’ symphonies were performed by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi, the Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder appeared as both soloist and conductor with nine concerti by Mozart and the Atrium quartet performed Beethoven’s Russian quartets. The Mariinsky Orchestra was accompanied onstage by such world-renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Villaume, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Axelrod.
The Mariinsky Theatre’s various venues saw performances by such internationally acclaimed singers as Ferruccio Furlanetto, Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Rafał Siwek, Vitaly Kovalev, Mikhail Kazakov, Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Guleghina, Tatiana Serjan, Gevorg Akopian, Asmik Grigorian, Alexei Markov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Yevgeny Nikitin and Mikhail Petrenko.
The festival saw appearances by the outstanding violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Leonidas Kavakos, Kristóf Baráti, Ilya Gringolts and James Ehnes and the pianists Daniil Trifonov, Alexei Volodin, Christian Blackshaw, Rudolf Buchbinder and Denis Matsuev.
The performance by French pianist Lucas Debargue, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, caused a veritable furore.
One of the most important activities of the Mariinsky Theatre is its cultural and educational projects
This season saw the organisation of the free weekly concert series Open Wednesday at the Mariinsky (a total of thirty-three concerts). These were held in the Stravinsky Foyer and gave the opportunity to more than five thousand music-lovers to get to know members of the Mariinsky Orchestra up-close (some one hundred and fifty musicians of the orchestra took part in the concerts).
Part of the project involved performances by teachers and students from the city’s music and arts schools – Arts Schools Visiting the Mariinsky Theatre. Over the course of the 2014–2015 season the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II hosted twenty “children’s” concerts.
Over four hundred young musicians demonstrated their skills. Throughout the season the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II were in active use. The Musorgsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shchedrin Halls hosted Music Hours, series of concerts organised by the Academy of Young Opera Singers and lectures, in all totalling some four hundred events.
The Young Theatre-Goers’ Academy also continued its subscriptions with the programme for older school pupils Playing with Beads and the Piccolo series of lectures held in conjunction with the Mariinsky Theatre featuring programmes for children from three years to teenagers.
The theatre has worked actively with its adult patrons too, offering a series of lecture programmes in the form of weekly discussions preceding a performance or concert at the Mariinsky II entitled Sunday Foreword as well as lectures focussing on outstanding performers and musicians of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Mariinsky Theatre tours
In the 2014-2015 season the Mariinsky Theatre (ballet company, opera company, orchestra and chorus) toured to sixteen countries, visiting forty-nine cities abroad and twenty-eight within Russia. Of incredible significance proved the appearances in Russian towns and cities during the Easter Festival and tours to Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, as well as a tour to the USA which saw a performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Enchanted Wanderer, a major tour by the orchestra to Japan and performances in China during which Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra opened the Prokofiev Festival in Beijing, which saw performances of all of the composer’s symphonies and piano concerti. In Great Britain there were performances of the opera Betrothal in a Monastery and Boris Godunov, the European premiere of Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander and a performance of Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen.
The main ballet tours included appearances in South and North America, featuring performances of the repertoire’s finest productions, such as Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps and ballets by Michel Fokine.
This season the Mariinsky label has produced five discs – Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet on DVD with Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov, Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Songs and Dances of Death with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto with soloist Denis Matsuev, Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony and First Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos. The fifth disc is ready to be released – Prokofiev’s Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies and the Fifth Piano Concerto performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the solo performed by Sergei Babayan.
The label’s releases are produced in the contemporary formats SACD (audio), DVD and Blu-ray (video); they are accompanied by booklets containing information about the works and the performers. All audio recordings are also available in digital format from iTunes.
The 2015-2016 season opens on 25 September at all three venues: at the Mariinsky II there will be a performance of last season’s premiere of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades conducted by Valery Gergiev. Ballets by Michel Fokine, a unique early 20th century project comprising Chopiniana, Le Spectre de la rose, The Dying Swan and Schéhérazade, comprise the first ballet evening of the new season. A concert by pianist Dmitry Masleyev, recipient of the 1st prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, opens the series of concerts by prize-winners of this prestigious music contest.
From 1 to 4 August maestro Gergiev will be conducting the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in a programme including Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and the overture from Rossini’s opera Guillaume Tell in major cities throughout Japan
From 1 to 4 August maestro Gergiev will be conducting the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in a programme including Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and the overture from Rossini’s opera Guillaume Tell in major cities throughout Japan. The performances are taking place as part of the Pacific Music Festival, of which Valery Gergiev is Artistic Director. One of the main aims of the project is to support talented young musicians; the orchestra of the Pacific Music Festival is a youth ensemble of eighty musicians aged between eighteen and twenty-nine who are selected on an annual basis according to the results of additions throughout the world. Over the course of July the young musicians honed the ir skills under the guidance of conductors and musicians of internationally acclaimed symphony orchestras (the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker and the Philadelphia and Chicago Orchestras). Now they will have two performances in Sapporo (a gala concert at the Concert Hall Kitara and an open-air concert in the Art Park) and performances in Yokohama and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. In the Rachmaninoff concertoon all four evenings the soloist will be the young Russian pianist Dmitry Masleyev, recipient of the 1st prize and the Gold Medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.
On 5 August maestro Gergiev will be conducting the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at a concert dedicated to Countess Yoko Nagae Ceschina – a long-standing friend and partner of the Mariinsky Theatre who died in January this year. Valery Gergiev and the Japanese orchestra will be dedicating their performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Pathéthique Symphony to her memory.
The Mariinsky Theatre’s recording company has released its latest disc featuring works by Prokofiev. These include the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies and Piano Concerto No 5 performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev with soloist Sergei Babayan. The disc may currently be pre-ordered exclusively on amazon.com.
It is well known that the music of Prokofiev is one of the key speciality fields of the Mariinsky Orchestra and maestro Gergiev: “The Mariinsky’s musicians have Prokofiev in their blood, moreover this has been the case for a long time, and the fact that the orchestra and the company under the baton of Gergiev have, on several occasions, performed all of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies, concerti and operas is of tremendous significance” (Kultura). The Mariinsky Theatre is the only theatre in the world which has all of Prokofiev’s operas in its repertoire. This current release will be the fourth recording of Prokofiev’s music produced by the Mariinsky recording company; previously, the label has released the opera The Gambler and the ballet Romeo and Juliet in DVD format as well as the Fifth Symphony and Piano Concerto No 3 with Denis Matsuev. All of these recordings have received numerous prestigious Russian and international awards. The recording of The Gambler won in the category “Best DVD – Stage and Drama” from the Japanese publication Record Geijutsu (2013) and won a highly sought-after International Classical Music Award in the category “Best Opera DVD” (2014). The Fifth Symphony and Piano Concerto No 3 were named “Disc of the Month” by leading British classical music portal Classical CD Choice. The ballet Romeo and Juliet was awarded the very highest prize of five stars by the magazine Audiophile Audition.
Maestro Gergiev will be conducting a marathon of Prokofiev concerts at the BBC Proms in London
Maestro Gergiev will be conducting a marathon of Prokofiev concerts at the BBC Proms in London.
28 July will see Valery Gergiev’s traditional performance at the annual BBC Proms series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Today the maestro will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra – an ensemble of which Valery Gergiev was invited to become Principal Conductor in 2004 following a triumphant performance of a series of all of Prokofiev’s symphonies. Symbolically, this year the maestro will again be presenting a Prokofiev “integral” – just one evening will see a performance of all five of Prokofiev’s piano concerti. the festival’s audience will have the unique opportunity to hear three internationally acclaimed pianists and compare their interpretations. Two concerti will be performed by Sergei Babayan, two by his pupil Daniil Trifonov and in Piano Concerto No 4 (for the left hand), commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein and rarely performed on the concert stage, the solo will be performed by Alexei Volodin.
The marathon of Prokofiev’s piano concerti is a project that Valery Gergiev has run several times with different orchestras both in Russia and abroad. In April 2012 this cycle was performed at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre as part of the III International Piano Festival. In the autumn of 2014 it featured on several occasions during the Mariinsky Orchestra’s international tours under the baton of maestro Gergiev, including at the Age of Prokofiev festival in Germany and Austria as well as at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts in China.