4th concert of the Season ticket “Golden Pages of Symphony Classics”. Pushkin in Russian music
The term “musicality” on connection with poetry is often only a metaphor. Dealing with Pushkin’s creative work it possesses genuine profound sense reflecting one of the most its significant angles. For Pushkin himself music was not only excellent, but high art as well. In his verses Pushkin revealed Russian speech musical origin: its songfulness and rhythmic richness. He showed that Russian verse can sound quite different. No wonder that a lot of composers turned to his creative work many times. Operas, ballets, choirs, cantatas, symphonic and chamber compositions, music to performances and films – it is a complete list of musical heritage to works by Pushkin. Pushkin’s contemporaries first chose such verses which were close to traditional texts for music. It’s hard to find a better example of the deepest penetration into essence of poetical composition than the romance I Remember the Treasured Moment by M. Glinka – exultant love hymn.
Great composers turned to works by Pushkin, suffice it to mention operas The Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Golden Cockerel by N. Rimsky-Korsakov; Evgeny Onegin, The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky; Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka; fine examples of wonderful romances set to Pushkin’s verses: Flame Is Burning in Blood by M. Glinka, Young Man and Maiden by A. Dargomyzhsky, For Shores of Far Motherland by A. Borodin, On Hills of Georgia by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Don’t Sing, Beauty by Rachmaninoff, To Fountain of Bakhchisaray Palace by A. Vlasov, I Loved You by B. Sheremetiev, etc. In the 20th century G. Sviridov created one more composition continuing Pushkin series – Musical illustrations to the story The Blizzard.
Sergey Kondrashev graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky majoring in choral conducting (class of Professor V. Goriunov) and in opera and symphonic conducting (classes of Professors M. Ermler and G. Rozhdestvensky). Worked with with National Philharmonic of Russia, Russian National Orchestra, and with Symphony Orchestra of Russia as well. Since 2005 to 2009 Sergey Kondrashev was a conductor of Moscow City Symphony “Russian Philharmonic”. Since 2011 Sergey Kondrashev is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Orpheus Radio station. Tours – USA, China, Germany.