2011 RNO Grand Festival

Performances

September 2011

In Russia

08 Thu

Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Sibelius
Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky
Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Sarah Chang, Violin

2011 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

09 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Arias, scenes and overtures from the operas of Mozart and Rossini
Guest Artist:

Vesselina Kazarova, Mezzo-soprano

2011 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

10 Sat

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

A few meetings with the dearly departed Mozart
Conductor:

Mikhail Tatarnikov

Guest Artist:

Eduard Radzinsky, Narrator

2011 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

13 Tue

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Gershwin
I Got Rhythm
What is This Thing Called Love?
Rhapsody in Blue
Djangirov
Iris
Conductor:

Mikhail Tatarnikov

Guest Artists:

Eldar Djangirov Trio, Jazz trio

Todd Strait, Drums

Earl Travis, Bass

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

2011 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

14 Wed

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Tchaikovsky
The Seasons, Op. 37a (a choreographic poem for piano and three dancers, choreographed by Vera Arbuzova)
Prokofiev
Ballet Suite from Cinderella (arranged for two pianos by Mikhail Pletnev)
Guest Artists:

Valery Kuleshov, Piano

Maxim Mogilevsky, Piano

Yulia Makhalina, Ballet soloist

Vera Arbuzova, Ballet soloist

Yevgeny Deryabin, Ballet soloist

Andrei Kasyanenko, Ballet soloist

2011 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

16 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Arias, scenes and overtures from the operas of Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini
Conductor:

Giuseppe Sabbatini

Guest Artists:

Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor

Sarah Coburn, Soprano

2011 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

18 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

In Russia

11 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Shostakovich
Symphony No. 13 for Bass, Bass Choir and Orchestra
Bernstein
Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish")
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artists:

Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone

Maria Bulgakova, Soprano

Yurlov State Academic Choir

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

Vesna Children's Choir

Samuel Pisar, Narrator

2011 RNO Grand Festival


Reviews

Belcanto.ru

The combination of ‘algebraic regulation’ in the collective’s performance style with the temperamental worldview of the Italian maestro [Sabbatini], conducting his ‘native’ repertoire, yielded abundant results every time: the orchestra literally stepped into a tarantella whirlwind, then shined with the fine lines of Bellini’s exquisitely captivating music, then blossomed into the harmonies of the later comic opera symphonicism of Donizetti....    "To hear the Requiem at the RNO Festival and die... Sometimes music can be so full of soul and songs of the heart that one is involuntarily drawn to such philosophizing... Such was my emotional experience in response to Verdi’s Requiem at the close of the RNO’s 3rd Grand Festival.

Classica FM

The concert was a huge success. The hall was full, and the audience warmly received Kazarova, who demonstrated outstanding vocal mastery. The range of her voice is huge, her nuancing precise, her coloratura perfect... The RNO soloists were at their peak. Concertmaster Alexei Bruni (violin), Vitaly Nazarov (oboe), Konstantin Yefimov (flute) and Alexei Bogorad (clarinet) were precise in their solos...

OperaNews.ru

The festival ended with two top-notch concerts. It is difficult to say which offered their audiences a better experience: each was so full and rich, almost like Pushkin, divinely beautiful, inspired...
   “The [Brownlee and Coburn] concert was extremely successful and in and of itself was a huge gift to Moscow’s lovers of great singing: programs like this, at this level of quality, quite frankly, do not often occur in Moscow.
   “The Requiem performed by the RNO under the baton of its artistic director sounded remarkably fresh, sincere and heartfelt... The connection between the maestro and his team was simply incredible – and it gave birth to truly great music. One wanted to drown in this ocean of perfection.
   “The Third RNO Festival is over. And it ended with a magnificent climax. This holiday for Moscow music lovers – a weeklong festival at the very beginning of the concert/theatrical season – succeeded. Let us give thanks for the maestro’s great artistry and that of his orchestra, and hope for no less of a revelation at the Fourth Festival next year.

NewsMusic.ru

…The mastery and talent of Vesselina Kazarova, her powerful persona, her stylistic precision, was the peak of performance culture. As was the presence within the orchestra of superb musicians. In the first instance, this is oboist Vitaly Nazarov, flautist Konstantin Yefimov and clarinetist Alexei Bogorad. Their solos in the overtures and during the singer’s arias were true gems, extremely inspired, pure of tone…

Vedomosti

The opening to Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony was played with a sense of precise cohesion, with a wonderful play of light and shadow, with shimmering harps and loud tutti, which the Conservatory’s Great Hall has been pining for throughout its year of renovation.

Kommersant

Moscow concert life of late has been rich in Italian bel canto… yet even against this thriving backdrop, tenor Laurence Brownlee and soprano Sarah Coburn succeeded in turning their own bel canto evening into practically a sensation… The orchestra succeeded in expressing itself quite favorably, in particular the French horn solo in Juliette’s aria and the flute solo in the insanity scene.

Vedomosti

On the final day of the festival, Mikhail Pletnev returned to the conductor’s podium, which longed for him during all those days when there were so many other genres, styles, formats and types of art… and everything fell into place: this is Pletnev’s festival… The great music resounded with fullness of feeling, with such a range of colors and with such quality of singing and playing, it was as if it had been born anew.

NewsMusic.ru

The orchestra was a sensitive partner for the performers… the orchestra’s soloists truly supported the singer. The French horn solo by Igor Makarov at the beginning of Juliette’s aria was not only very beautiful, it created the requisite atmosphere and mood for the heroine’s entire aria. The duet of flutist Maxim Rubtsov and Luccini-Coburn was remarkably harmonious and bewitching.

Chastny Korrespondent

Each year the festival program becomes more powerful and more varied… The RNO ‘brand’ in the first (and the second) place is associated with quality performances of classical music, which above all means outstanding (deep, broad, philosophical) interpretations of our classical heritage… The orchestra counter-posed Sarah Chang’s vigorous, no-holds barred playing with accompaniment that was finely-carved, translucent and at times almost ghostly, diffuse, dissipated, yet without losing either credibility or strength… And so it all came together… the Great Hall of the Conservatory – which after its renovation feels like the cozy old school, rain in Moscow, an orchestra at the peak of its prime and playing at full strength, the start of the philharmonic season… all of this is now firmly associated (one quickly gets used to something good) with the RNO’s autumn festival…

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Tchaikovsky’s Manfred is the RNO’s featured production… From the first notes – the grim woodwinds interrupted by the strings quivering like balls of nerves – up through the triumphal coda, each and every time this orchestra’s performance with Pletnev at the podium sounds like a hymn to music.

Kultura

Pletnev once again confirmed his reputation as an extremely profound interpreter of Tchaikovsky.

Belcanto.ru

The musical performance… was at the highest level. The orchestra’s playing impressed with its expressiveness and its emotional effect.

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