"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 obliterate. 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 8, the Russian-German Messenger Concert "Together in Difficult Times" ("Gemeinsam in schwierigen Zeiten") will be broadcast to mark the World War II end 75th anniversary in 2020. The project is the result of the collaborative efforts of distinguished musicians and young performers from Russia and Germany, including representatives of the Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg), and the Moscow State Philharmonic (Moscow).
The purpose of the video concert is to recall the victory over Nazism as an example of human unity and through joint musicianship to show a sign of goodwill for peace and human understanding. In preparation for the project, individual performers were recorded the day before at the Konzerthaus (Concerthouse), the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Mariinsky Theater (taking into account all of the restrictions in effect).
The 60-minute concert program, "Together in Difficult Times," will include works from the legacy of classical-romantic composers from Russia and Germany, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dmitry Shostakovich, Pavel Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Mussorgsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Compositions directly related to war themes are particularly emphasized: O. Messiaen's Quartet, composed by a composer in a concentration camp (1941), and American composer S. Barber's Adagio (1936). Not limited to German-Russian participants; the organizers invited young musicians from France, England, and the United States to participate in the concert. This gesture is a tribute to the participants of the Second Front.
During the concert, the famous German actor Martin Wutke and Russian actress Elizaveta Boyarskaya will read out passages from A. Akhmatova, O. Berggoltz, and I. Bachmann's works. World-renowned conductors Daniel Barenboim and Valery Gergiev addressed the audience: "With our concert message, which is addressed not only to Germany and Russia people but also to the entire world. We want to emphasize once again that humanity must do everything possible to ensure that the terrible events that took place 75 years ago will never repeat."
Last year, the project "Together in Difficult Times," implemented by the Russian-German Academy of Music with Russian and German partners, was held under the patronage of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Germany, Sergey Lavrov and Heiko Maas, as well as the Russian Ministry of Culture. This project was the only international project held on Memorial Day - May 8, 2020. In it, Russian and foreign musicians participated together - evoking a tremendous positive resonance in the world community.
The broadcast will start at 20:00, Moscow time.