"The Russian Seasons" continues to familiarize its viewers with significant cultural events in Russia. This week, on May 9, will be a monumental holiday, Victory Day, which is very important for every Russian citizen: we celebrate the 76th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The memory of the Soviet peoples' heroic deeds is preserved - and will never be forgotten. For this event, there will be a re-broadcast of the Russian-German concert. It was filmed for the victory over the Nazis celebration anniversary and received countless gratitude responses. This event is designed to remind people worldwide how important it is to maintain good relations and always support each other.
On May 4, viewers will see the concert film "Two Russian Hamlets: Tchaikovsky. Prokofiev" by the Sochi Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the famous composer and brilliant conductor Anton Lubchenko. The concert was recorded in August 2020 at the Winter Theater in Sochi, under epidemiological restrictions, so the musicians are seated at a social distance, and the audience seats are empty. The program includes rare scores created as musical accompaniment to Shakespeare's dramatic productions. They're 45 years apart! Tchaikovsky wrote the music for Hamlet the year Sergei Prokofiev was born, and Prokofiev wrote his version in 1937, which is known as one of the most dramatic periods in our country's history. The broadcast will start at 20:00, Moscow time.
"For me, it is important that the soloists here are the leading Sochi singers, whom, once I had discovered, I then persistently offered to the public in my programs. Thus, both songs of the undertaker (it was this character that brought the two composers together, by similar grotesque solutions!) are sung by the young baritone Vladimir Grishchenko, now a student at the Rostov Conservatory. The main image is, undoubtedly, Ophelia. In Tchaikovsky's scenes of her madness, one can easily read traces of Mariya in Mazeppa and Liza in The Queen of Spades. Prokofiev's Ophelia anticipates Lyubka in Semyon Kotko - operas composed only two years later. From "Hamlet" to "Kotko", the techniques are borrowed for the image of Frosia: her song "And buzzes, and makes noise " practically reproduces Ophelia's first song. By the way, in both cases, we are talking about a summer rainstorm. The two Ophelias were brilliant, in my opinion, sung and played by soprano Ekaterina Bogacheva. In general, there are more dramatic challenges here for singers than vocal ones - after all, the music was written for dramatic artists." - Anton Lubchenko, composer and conductor.