2018 RNO Grand Festival

Performances

September 2018

In Russia

10 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D-major, op. 35
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, op.70
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Sergei Krylov, Violin

2018 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

15 Sat

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Rossini
Overture to the opera William Tell
Bruch
Violin Concert No. 1 in G minor, op. 26
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 15 in A-major, op. 141
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Vadim Repin, Violin

2018 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

21 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Fragments from operas

Tchaikovsky
"Cherevichki" (The Tsarina's Slippers)
Rimsky-Korsakov
"The Night Before Christmas"
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Ilya Selivanov, Tenor

Pelageya Kurennaya, Soprano

Irina Reynard, Mezzo Soprano

Artyom Melikhov, Tenor

Stanislav Shvets, Bass

Yaroslav Petryanik, Baritone

Igor Morozov, Tenor

2018 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

26 Wed

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Bernstein
Candide
Conductor:

Joseph R. Olefirowicz

Guest Artists:

Stephen Chaundy, Tenor

Jennifer O'Loughlin, Soprano

Morten Frank Larsen, Baritone

Kim Criswell, Mezzo-soprano

Yaroslav Petryanik, Baritone

Elena Gorlo, Mezzo-soprano

Artyom Melikhov, Tenor

Boris Rudak, Tenor

Denis Begansky, Bass-baritone

Dinar Dzhusoev, Bass

Alexander Oleshko, Narrator

Choir of the Choir Arts Academy

2018 RNO Grand Festival

In Russia

30 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Elgar
Alassio "In the South" (concert overture)
Cilea
Romance of Acriana "Io son l'umile ancella" from the opera Adriana Lecouvreur
Puccini
Aria of Madame Butterfly "Un bel di vedremo" from the opera Madame Butterfly
Intermezzo from the opera Suor Angelica
Catalani
Aria of Wally "Ebben! Ne Andro Lontana" from the opera La Wally
Enescu
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A-major, op.11
Massanet
Aria "Pleurez, pleurez" from the opera Le Cid
"Le Dernier sommeil de la vierge"
Chabrier
Espagna (Rhapsody)
Bizet
"Habanera" from the opera Carmen
Puccini
Aria of Lauretta "O mio bambino caro" from the opera Gianni Schichi
Conductor:

Charles Olivieri-Munroe

Guest Artist:

Angela Gheorghiu, Soprano

2018 RNO Grand Festival

October 2018

In Russia

04 Thu

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Podgaits
"Double Mirror" Concerto for Bayan and Cello with Orchestra (World Premiere)
Gluck
The Dance of the Furies from the opera Orpheus and Eurydice
Piazzolla
Tango, "The Death of an Angel"
Gridin
"Rassypukha"
Pletnev
Tatar Fantasy for Bayan and Orchestra
Tsygankov
Variations on the Themes of Two Russian Songs for Domra and Balalaika
Tchaikin
Concerto No. 1 for Bayan and Orchestra (finale)
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Friedrich Lips, Bayan

Alexander Buzlov, Cello

Alexander Tsygankov, Domra

Valery Zazhigin, Balalaika

Olzhas Nurlanov, Bayan

Yuri Sidorov, Bayan

Semyon Shmelkov, Bayan

Russian Soul Folk Quartet

2018 RNO Grand Festival


Reviews

Musikalnye Sezony

Within the framework of its anniversary festival, the Russian National Orchestra presented Moscow music lovers with a magnificent gift: a concert of Angela Gheorghiu... The orchestra was not in the least inferior to the eminent guest that evening. A cascade of musical colors literally fell upon the audience... The combination of the performances by the magnificent Angela Gheorghiu, the talented Charles Olivieri-Monroe and the wonderful orchestra, was the best gift for the Day of Music that Muscovites could hope for, and, judging by the frenzied applause, it will be remembered for a long time.

Sobesednik

he Russian National Orchestra's Tenth Festival, under the leadership of Mikhail Pletnev, was the finest event of the fall.

Trud

The composition [of Tchaikovsky's "Cherevichki" (The Tsarina's Slippers) and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Night before Christmas"] was exceedingly interesting, full of parallels and contrasts, yet in the beauty and care for the performance of the music, especially the orchestral, it is difficult to imagine something that could come closer to the ideal. Already in the introduction, Pletnev, like a magician waving a magic wand, "lit" up one major harmony after another - like stars in the crystal sky on Christmas evening. The amazing quality of the horn and clarinet solos, the bell ringing - before us appeared a palette of spectrally pure orchestral colors, with which the maestro recreated the magical landscape described by the composer.

Khudozhestvennaya kultura

Encountering great performers leaves one with a feeling of not just catharsis, but an enduring experience that embraces you and does not let go. This event took place in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. It was not just the resurrection of the classics - Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov. It was an exceptionally large-scale ACT... Such art gives us the ability to love life and forgive it... In my opinion, among masterpieces of artistic creativity, this is the highest that Russia today is capable of giving.

Revizor.ru

The American conductor Joseph Olefirowicz and Western soloists were at the RNO Festival in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and they pleased the audience. As did the orchestra. The overture was performed with an almost Shostakovichian extravagance, but without overdoing it, with a light operatic spirit, as Candide requires. In general, the conductor was close to the ideal - his experience and sense of style... And with such a conductor, the orchestra played in a relaxed manner, merrily... With a bit of Voltairian 'mockery.' With the 'delicious' experience of the relaxed nature of a musical. With the necessary amplitude of emotional and stylistic differences...

Rossiyskaya gazeta

In the Russian National Orchestra's Candide... one heard the lush crescendos of the orchestra, the soft waves of the strings, and the pulse of sharp, broken rhythms, gavotte, waltz, and flamenco, tango, and elements of the purely musical Bernsteinian games, with its allusions to Mahler, Verdi, Bizet, Stravinsky, jazz, and spiritual choirs. For the American conductor Joseph R. Olefirovicz, all of this musical wealth carried forth in a swift, incendiary, "Broadway-like" pace, not allowing the public to come to their senses, so cheerfully were they following all that was happening on stage.

ZhZh

When an RNO concert is announced, one should simply forget about all other things for the appointed evening; you will not find any alternatives that are more interesting of or a higher caliber.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The orchestra and soloist proved exemplary: the ethereal sound of the violin, the light and musical (yet not affected) virtuosity of Krylov, his very careful reading of the part coinciding qualitatively with Pletnev's interpretation. I was struck by the ensemble's details, when the RNO smoothly entered, as if passing through the eye of a needle, alongside the soloist's subtle trills.

Revizor.ru

The second half was given over to Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony... All of the dark clownishness, brought to life by Shostakovich in a time of seemingly universal euphoria, was transformed by the RNO and Pletnev into a manifesto for all time. Light and horrific. Horrific... and light. And yet one completely understands it. Even when you cannot change a thing. But you still must attempt to flee your demons. While you are still living.

Kommersant

[Shostakovich's Ninth] had the sound, in the Pletnevian performance, of impossible integrity, completely without literalness; it was filled with a happy attention to the details of the movement and orchestral space; it was simply orchestral mastery. Pletnev sometimes conducts with a kind of extraordinary, utter confidence in his musicians, and they then begin to sound like no one else – graceful, bright, delicate and breathless.

Kommersant

Next came [Shostakovich's] 15th, which when one has heard it, one can never forget it – an example of an exceptional performance of a exceptional symphony, one of the most important not only of the twentieth century, but of all time. The "toylike" (as noted by the composer) score, was interpreted by the RNO with unbelievable orchestral mastery by all sections and soloists.

What They’re Saying

"In a modern classical world, rife with reports of under-funded and dying ensembles, curtailed schedules and shrinking audiences, the foundation and continued growth of [the Russian National Orchestra] seems not only miraculous; it just may be the most important cultural story of our time."

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