'Russian Seasons' continue to delight the hearts of all connoisseurs of classical music, in regularly webcasting unique live performances given at the best venues in Russia. On November 26-30, the online service 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' will arrange two live broadcasts from concerts of the 'Be@thoven' international music festival timed to coincide with the great German composer's 250th Anniversary. The festival's organizers are the Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic and German production agency RCCR Projects.
The new week of 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' webcasts will open with a concert featuring world-renowned violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair. On Thursday, November 26 , he will reign on the podium of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. The maestro will act as a conductor, presenting his rendition of Beethoven's famous Fifth Symphony, and as a soloist in the Beethoven's Violin Concerto. The program features pieces with genuine 'Beethoven' touches resulting from his years of work with the great composer's legacy. To enhance the impressiveness of this work, Beethoven added to its first movement a lengthy cadence with timpani that existed in the piano version of the concerto and in the mid-twentieth century was rearranged by Austrian violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan for the soloing violin part. It is in this version that Thomas Zehetmair will present the Violin Concerto.
The same night's program will feature a little-known Benjamin Britten's Double Concerto for Violin and Viola penned by the composer in 1932. Along with Thomas Zehetmair, the prominent German viola player Ruth Killius, the winner of numerous awards for recordings of German classical and romantic music for viola, will be soloing in it.
The 'Be@thoven' festival will be the venue for the Orchestral Academy that will also be chaired by Thomas Zetmire. Since 2014, the Academy annually brings together students and graduates of higher musical educational institutions of both Russia and Germany, as well as young musicians from various countries. Its hallmark is the International Youth Tchaikovsky Orchestra that will take part in the festival.
'Even in this trying time 'Russian Seasons' support artists and the audience with their broadcasts and performances of the best music and theatre companies. We wish you a pleasant TV evening and hope that the 'Russian Seasons' project will carry on following the end of the lockdown in various countries around the globe. And the ensembles of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic are ready to partake in these projects at all times,' claimed Rustem Khasanov, First Assistant Director of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic.
On Monday, November 30, the audience will be able to give this autumn a send-off in company with the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Symphony Choir and a quartet of magnificent soloists: Maria Bayankina (soprano), Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano), Thomas E. Bauer (baritone) and Ilya Selivanov (tenor); the orchestra comprised of young musicians will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The musicians will take advantage of historically verified music materials courtesy of the world-renowned 'Baerenreiter' Publishers that have accumulated many years of studies done by leading researchers of Beethoven's oeuvre and recognized as a standard work of reference. Along with the great symphony, the German composer Jörg Widmann's overture 'Con brio', intonationally echoing the late Beethoven symphonic work, will be performed.
'This year will be remembered not only by the fact that the entire world had to intensively adapt to the new challenging conditions but also by numerous landmark events in the area of culture. These include the 250th Anniversary of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. We celebrate this important date with the webcast of the Be@thoven festival arranged by the Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic and the German production agency RCCR Projects. Thanks to our partners, the online service 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' continues to expand and delight its audiences with gems of the world culture,' stated Director of 'Russian Seasons' Alexey Lebedev.
The webcasts start at 17:00 Moscow time.