C. Orff. Carmina Burana
Combination of music with vivid visual images – large-scale video projections displaying magic pictures which fill all space of the hall is peculiarity 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.
Carmina Burana is musical masterpiece of the XX century and the most famous composition by Carl Orff. It is really magic music which captivates by its vivid imagery, amazing rhythm element, mix of slight irony and tender lyricism, epic magnitude, munificence of colours. Orff’s music is the main character of the performance. Both musicians and listeners fall beneath its hypnotic influence since first measures.
Songs of Beuern (it’s the translation of Carmina Burana) are the monument to secular art of the Renaissance. Cantata plotline is vague and associative. Song and orchestra parts represent contrast scenes from diverse and miscellaneous life. One sings of the sweets of life, happiness, unrestrained fun, beauty of nature in spring, passionate love; another one – hard life of monks and vagrant students. But the basic philosophical core is contemplation about changeful and puissant human destiny – Fortune.
Honoured Artist of Russia Elvira Hokhlova (soprano) – soloist of “Novaya Opera” Moscow Theatre. The singer’s repertoire includes parts of Violetta (Traviata by Verdi), Gilda (Rigoletto, by Verdi), Jeanne (Jeanne D’Arc by Verdi), Louise (Louise Miller by Verdi), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti), Donna Anna (Don Juan by Mozart), Olga (Rusalka, by Dargomyzhsky), etc. Cantata-oratorial compositions are a big part of the singer’s creative work. The singer took part in foreign performances: Iolanta (Monte-Carlo Theatre, 2001), Norma, Players, Lucia di Lammermoor (Germany, Ulm and Dusseldorf, 2003 – 2006), Rigoletto (II Opera Festival La Palma, Spain, 2005), etc.
Alexander Bogdanov (tenor) – soloist of “Novaya Opera” Moscow Theatre. The singer’s repertoire includes parts of Lensky (Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky), Prince (Rusalka, by Dargomyzhsky), Yurodiviy (Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky), Arlecchino (Players by Leoncavallo), Nadir (The Pearl Fishers by Bizet), Alfred (Traviata by Verdi), Duke (Rigoletto by Verdi), Nemorino (The Elexir of Love by Donizetti). The singer toured at the European countries and in Japan as well. He participated in many music festivals, including Sobinov Festival, “Irina Arkhipova presents”, etc.
Honoured Artist of Russia Andrey Baturkin (baritone) – soloist of K. Stanislavsky and V. Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre. Since 1994 he performs at the stage of the “Helikon-Opera” Moscow Theatre. He participated in performances of the Bolshoy Theatre, Paris National Opera, Landes Theatre (Linze, Austria), Stadttheater (Klagenfurt, Austria), Monte-Carlo Opera. He toured at South Korea, Latvia, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, USA, Japan. The leading parts: Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Eletsky (The Queen of Spades), Valentine (Faust). He participated in the records of Stabat Mater by Karol Szymanowsky, opera Feast in Time of Plague by Cui, compositions by Taneev, Prokofiev, Shostakovich as well. Since 2007 he collaborates with “Moscow City Opera”.
British pianist and conductor Julian Gallant performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Orchestra of Macedonia, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Oxford Philomusica, Moscow Virtuosi, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kiev Chamber Orchestra in many countries. Julian Gallant performed at major European venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room in London, Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Moreover, he gave concerts in Central America, Central Asia, in Lebanon, at the Caucasus, in China, Hong Kong, and Korea. Julian Gallant worked with famous soloists such as Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Janine Jensen, John Lille, Peter Donohoe, Robert Lloyd, Lyubov Kazarnovskaya, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Sergey Leiferkus, Paata Burchuladze, Grigory Zhislin, etc. In January 2006 Julian Gallant was invited by Performance TV channel to host several music programs devoted to Mozart, Schumann, and Shostakovich creative work. Program devoted to Mozart was awarded several BBC prizes, received special People’s Choice Award as well and became one of the most popular programs about classical music.