2015 RNO Grand Festival

Performances

September 2015

In Russia

07 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Rimsky-Korsakov
Kashchei the Immortal (opera in concert performance)
Stravinsky
Firebird
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Mikhail Gubsky, Tenor

Anastasia Moskvina, Soprano

Ksenia Vyaznikova, Mezzo-soprano

Boris Dyakov, Baritone

Dmitry Skorikov, Bass

Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory

2015 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

12 Sat

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Colomer
"Void" (from the horn concerto "Human Nature")
Arutiunian
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in A flat Major
Glière
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in B Major
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 6
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Javier Bonet, French Horn

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

2015 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

18 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Rossini
Semiramide (opera in concert performance)
Conductor:

Alberto Zedda

Guest Artists:

Popov Academy of Choral Arts Choir, Alexei Petrov, artistic director

Salome Jikia, Soprano

Nadezhda Gulitskaya, Soprano

Vardui Abramyan, Mezzo-soprano

Sergey Romanovsky, Tenor

Timofey Dubovitsky, Tenor

Deyan Vachkov, Bass

Daniel Miroslav, Bass

Dmitry Orlov, Bass

2015 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

22 Tue

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Scriabin
Dreams (Reverie), Op. 24
Piano Concerto
Symphony No. 2
Conductor:

Hobart Earle

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2015 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

26 Sat

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Rachmaninov
Piano Concert No. 2
Symphonic Dances
Conductor:

Hobart Earle

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2015 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

14 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Stradivarius in Rio
Brazilian music arranged for violin and ensemble
Guest Artists:

Viktoria Mullova, Violin

Matthew Barley, Cello

Paul Clarvis, Percussion

João Luis Noriega Pinto, Guitar

2015 RNO Grand Festival


Reviews

Operanews.ru

[One of the] highlights was the participation of the famous conductor Alberto Zedda, the patriarch of the Rossini style... In the hands of the maestro, one of the best Russian orchestras sounded precise, yet delicious. The instrumental accents, without which it is impossible to imagine Rossini's music, such as the militant lift-off of the piccolo in the overture, stood out beautifully from the lively sounds of the orchestra... the inevitable pathos of the work's culmination decisively retreated at the approach to the critical moment, preserving the transparency of sound.

Belcanto.ru

The festival's opening was fabulous... The audience was presented with two works by Russian composers on a fantastical folkloric theme: Rimsky-Korsakov's one-act opera Kashchei the Immortal... and the suite from Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird.... The five guest soloists coped brilliantly with their roles [and] orchestra and soloists demonstrated a complete unity.... As to the quality and purity of the orchestra's playing, there is no need to write anything... for all who are familiar with the RNO it will be a repetition of obvious truths... The orchestra's repertoire, interpretation, and Mikhail Pletnev's conductorial style were all performed with nobility, a gentility if you will. There was not a trace of unnecessary hype or pathos; no dust cast into one's eyes.

Kommersant

The Firebird was performed with the orchestra's trademark quality of absolute transparency... that often distinguishes the slower passages of symphonic concerts when Pletnev and the orchestra perform together. The audible rhythm of Lyadov's Enchanted Lake were not so much pictures of an enchanted kingdom and portraits of magical creatures, as the maelstrom of a poignant sadness from which it is not easy to escape. The blinding light of the finale was the result of careful, detailed work... a powerfully sustained dramaturgical line.

Vedomosti

Both scores were an occasion for demonstration of the exemplary professionalism of the Russian National Orchestra. Mikhail Pletnev, as always maintaining a calm and doleful expression, managed to bring it all together in the concert performance of Kashchei the Immortal, helped in this by the Moscow Conservatory Choir... and an excellent selection of soloists.... Stravinsky's Firebird was performed in the form of a suite, in the 1945 version. The orchestra performed so smartly that is seemed as if Stravinsky wrote the ballet not for Mikhail Fokin, but for George Balanchine... in the final sections there was both a magnificence of sound and an exactitude of theatrical effect.

What They’re Saying

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