2016 RNO Grand Festival

Performances

September 2016

In Russia

08 Thu

Philharmonia-2 Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Program

Schubert
Winterreise
Guest Artists:

Mikhail Pletnev

Stephan Genz, Baritone

2016 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

09 Fri

Philharmonia-2 Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Program

Bach
Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor
Grieg
Piano Sonata in E minor
Ballade, op. 24
Mozart
Sonata in D major KV311
Sonata in C minor KV457
Sonata in F major KV533
Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2016 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

14 Wed

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Rossini
Opera "Ermione"
Conductor:

Alberto Zedda

Guest Artists:

Angela Meade, Soprano

Enea Scala, Tenor

Chiara Amaru, Contralto

Antonino Siragusa, Tenor

Alexander Miminoshvilli, Bass-baritone

Yaroslav Abaimov, Tenor

Anastasia Shchegoleva, Soprano

Margarita Kalinina, Mezzo-soprano

Igor Morozov, Tenor

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

2016 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

18 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Haydn
Oratorio "Die Schöpfung"
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Sophie Junker, Soprano

Roman Shulakov, Tenor

Morgan Pearse, Baritone

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

2016 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

23 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Classical Music in 3D

Getty
Young America
Claude Debussy
La Mer ("The Sea")
Getty
Mephistofeles to Faust
Gretchen to Faust
Holst
The Planets
Conductor:

Vladislav Lavrik

Guest Artists:

Pyotr Migunov, Bass

Lisa Delan, Soprano

Yurlov State Academic Choir

2016 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

26 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Tchaikovsky
Iolanta (opera in concert performance)
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Anastasia Moskvina, Soprano

Victor Antipenko, Tenor

Dmitri Vargin, Baritone

Pyotr Migunov, Bass

Eltchin Azizov, Baritone

Svetlana Shilova, Mezzo-soprano

Margarita Ivanova, Soprano

Alexandra Kadurina, Mezzo-soprano

Nikolai Kazansky, Bass-baritone

Yaroslav Abaimov, Tenor

Moscow Region Philharmonic Choir

2016 RNO Grand Festival


Reviews

Kommersant

[This] performance was one of the most memorable events not just of the festival but of the entire season.... Pletnev amazingly senses and embodies not just the rhythmic or even the dramatic, but the heavenly beauty of this music... In the Pletnev version, the opera has become something like a lyrical-mystical oratorio in a refined, symphonized form. Iolanta was played as Tchaikovsky wrote it – in one section, in one breath, yet the breathing was recognizably Pletnevian, subtly constrained, carefully sustained, but steady....

Belcanto.ru

Here, in my opinion, there cannot be two opinions: the performance was excellent: polished to a shine, beyond reproach.

Literaturnaya Gazeta

From the very first bars, the orchestra in Ermione was engulfed by the Rossini temperament, dynamic and at once dramatic. It was truly a magical feast of sound. The variety of orchestral colors, the resonant combinations of instrumental texture, the dynamic saturation and sharp contrasts – all of this allows us to call Maestro Zedda's interpretation outstanding.

Izvestia

Maestro Pletnev, stepping into the role of demiurge commanding the music, did not hurry toward the finale. He slowly played out 'Chaos,' emphasizing the unthinkable during Haydn's dissonances, and with an imperious gesture 'included' the dazzling, C-major chord ('Let There Be Light!'), then proceeded through the text, savoring every detail, from the nightingale to the roar of the lion.

Vedomosti

Noble restraint was plentiful both from Haydn and Mikhail Pletnev, who conducted The Creation oratorio. The masterpiece, borne out of the silence, was the orchestral introduction – the original 'Chaos'. The RNO musicians were able to demonstrate their mastery, bringing to life pages in the score where the composer portrayed the animals created by God (anticipating Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals), articulating doves through bassoons, and whales through the low strings.

Teatral

The orchestra was at its peak, clearly expressing the greatness and tenderness of a fairy tale composed by Tchaikovsky about faith in happy endings.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In Iolanta there is legend, the path of the human soul striving from darkness toward light, esoteric and Christian thoughts, and Tchaikovsky's own difficult mortal sufferings on the meaning of life, love and death. How perfectly Mikhail Pletnev succeeded in revealing these meanings from Iolanta... It was an outstanding interpretation.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Pletnev's gift to the audience was piano: the forgotten, quiet, still quieter, still quieter yet, almost inaudible, airy, ethereal, piano, which is almost impossible to hear in modern concert halls. Pletnev's piano bordered on the miraculous...

Muzikalniye Sezony

This concert will be long remembered, and it was a bright version (although the word 'bright' sounds like a misnomerwith respect to its fifty shades of pianissimo).

Classical Music News

The Mikhail Pletnev/Stephan Genz performance carried us into another dimension of reality, thanks to the rare level of skill we witnessed.

Muzikalny Klondike

This is a very difficult opera, overflowing with dramatics and emotion. Under the leadership of the experienced maestro thoroughly knowledgeable in Rossini, all those who participated in the concert performance of Ermione accomplished their roles. Bravo to the Russian National Orchestra, which perfectly embodied the opera's score... It was a grandiose enterprise... harmonic and whole...

BelCanto.ru

When I took off my 3D glasses and stopped peering into the screen, I could finally truly enjoy the evening... And this is exactly what I value about the RNO's performances: you are guaranteed to be impressed. [These] musicians have that rare talent of reminding us about the nature of true art, which doesn't grow old, which is always original and fresh. And the eighth Russian National Orchestra Grand Festival has become yet another testimony to this fact.

MusicuM

The artistic merit of the images on the screen was underwhelming in comparison to the beautiful music of Gordon Getty, Gustav Holst and Claude Debussy, and to the excellence of the orchestra and choir.

Literaturnaya Gazeta

Star musicians from all over the world took part in the festival. They were enthusiastically applauded by Muscovites and visitors to the Russian capital. It was a pleasure and a joy to observe how music unites people of different beliefs, ages and nationalities.

The inspiration of the festival and its artistic director, Mikhail Pletnev, appeared before audiences in several roles – as soloist, ensemblist, and conductor. It is no accident that his multifaceted talent is recognized the world over. ...The orchestra under Pletnev's direction demonstrated the highest class of music-making in its dynamic scale, and in the unity of its playing and subtle nuances.

Belcanto.ru

The RNO Festival again surprises not only with the quality of the performances, but with the detailed consideration of the entire enterprise: from the choice of guest musicians to the excellent programming.... [The RNO] does not need to resort to artifices. They possess the talent to constantly remind one of the significance of true art: it does not age, and is always original and fresh. The eighth RNO Grand Festival was yet again proof of that.

Belcanto.ru

From the very first sounds of the piano, the audience held its breath... and did not exhale again until the final note was sounded.

Literaturnaya Gazeta

Gordon Getty's music is, on the one hand, very relatable to our current times and the spiritual search of people today, and on the other, is a timeless reflection on life and death, love, the world, and the fate of mankind. The composer's ability to bring out the deepest meaning behind the words and to bring this meaning into musical forms, along with his individual and expressive intonation, are distinctive features of his talent.

What They’re Saying

"I saw the greatest orchestra in the world play Friday night. If you think that's hyperbole, ask anyone who was in Yardley Hall that night. The Russian National Orchestra is the Rolls-Royce of orchestras, no ordinary ensemble."

The Kansas City Star