Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

Last Season Highlights

Moscow City Symphony - Russian Philharmonic opened season 2013-2014 on September 25 at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory. Symphony N 2 by Sergey Rachmaninoff was dedicated to his 140th anniversary of the birth, Concerto for violin and orchestra by Aram Khachaturian - to the 110th anniversary of the composer's birth. Contemporary conductor's elite brilliant representative, successor of great Seiji Ozawa, maestro Kazuki Yamada (Japan) conducted the orchestra. Violinist virtuoso Leonard Schreiber (Belgium) made his debut in Russia.

Debut tour of the orchestra in France took place in late September 2013: the orchestra performed in Lyon, at the annual 66th International Music Festival in Besancon (France), and in Bratislava (Slovakia) at the Reduta concert hall of Slovak Philharmonic Society. The program of this transient tour was rich and various including the Second Symphony by Rachmaninoff, First cello concerto by Shostakovich, Violin concerto by Khachaturian, Suite Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” by Glinka. Also, there was a premiere of piece by contemporary composer Misato Mochizuki (Japan) in Besancon.

In season 2013-2014 the orchestra performed with the best contemporary musicians such as Vadim Repin (December 18, Grand Hall of the Conservatory), Boris Berezovsky (March 4, Grand Hall of the Conservatory), Maxim Vengerov (June 19, Moscow International House of Music). Alexander Ghindin, Alexander Kniazev, Vasily Gerello, Andrei Korobeinikov, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Daniella Schilacci will perform with the orchestra as well. Alexander Vakoulsky, Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy), Roberto Fores Veses (Spain), David Handel (USA), Wolfgang Groehs (Austria), Andris Poga (Latvia) were among guest conductors.

Undoubtedly, the fact that the orchestra performed not only at Svetlanov Hall of MIHM, but gave more concerts at such famous venue as the Grand Hall of the Conservatory, was be the key point of the season. 

Chief Conductor of the orchestra Dmitri Jurowski presented 6 programs in the first half of the season. Requiem by G. Verdi; concert in commemoration of Muslim Magomaev; concert including compositions by M. Ravel, I. Stravinsky, B. Bartok; project “Classics and modern art”; Symphony № 2 and Concerto for piano and orchestra by S. Rachmaninoff; concert within III Moscow Christmas Classical Music Festival including compositions by M. Bruch (Concerto № 1 for violin and orchestra) and S. Prokofiev were among them.

In commemoration of Giuseppe Verdi's 200th anniversary Requiem by great composer was performed together with Yurlov State Academic Choir Chapel of Russia on October 10, composer’s birthday.

The concert dedicated to the the 85th anniversary of the birth of Evgeny Svetlanov took place on October 16. Compositions from “Anthology of Russian Symphonic Music” which forming Svetlanov considered as duty of his life was played at the concert. Alexander Vakoulsky – great maestro’s follower and associate who worked as guest conductor together with Svetlanov at the USSR State Symphony Orchestra for 10 years was conducting the orchestra.

On November 4 Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic presented new multimedia project “Classics and modern art” – performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with unique large-scale photo installations. German photographer and musician Tobias Melle is the photo installations’ author. He has been creating his compositions in pictures within 20 years. The Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi, Alpine Symphony by R. Strauss, Symphony № 5 by P. Tchaikovsky, Symphony “From the New World” by A. Dvorak are among his implemented projects. The 9th Symphony by L. van Beethoven is the latest project of T. Melle. Its premiere took place on April 7 and 9, 2012 in Berlin and Munich. Premiere in Moscow will take place on November 4.

In commemoration of 140th anniversary of birth of Sergey Rachmaninoff all concertos for piano and orchestra by outstanding composer were performed on December 1 and 2, soloist - Alexander Sinchuk, laureate of the I Prize of the International S. Rachmaninoff Competition (Moscow, 2008). 

Cantata Carmina Burana by C. Orff which steadily aroused intense interest of the audience was performed on February 8, 9, 12 in 2014. Combination of music with vivid visual images – large-scale video projections displaying magic pictures which fill all space of the hall is distinctive feature of performing this legendary cantata. Following original conception of the author Moscow City Symphony - Russian Philharmonic and “360 PROJECT” tried to reunite musical canvas of cantata with visual images of the epoch using paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Lucas Cranach. This successful multimedia project is the orchestra repertoire’s integral part since February 2009.

In January 2014 Russian Philharmonic made its debut in Great Britain. The concert took place at Royal Festival Hall, London; conductor – Dmitri Jurowski, soloist – Alexander Ghindin.

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