On May 18-22 2020 The Stay home with Russian Seasons platform hosted by the international cultural project 'Russian seasons' will show new cultural events online for the viewers. Webcasts at https://russianseasons.org/ will be held on May 18, 20 and 22 at 8pm Moscow time.
On Monday, 18 May , connoisseurs of culture are in for a treat: a concert of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival , which brings to Moscow the best army orchestras of the world every year. The 'Russian seasons' will air the best French military bands: the Band of the Signal Corps of Versailles, the Band of the Tank Army, the French Foreign Legion Band, the North West Region Army Band.
The spectators will see unique music compositions and performances of various years. For instance, the Band of the Signal Corps of Versailles, one of the largest in the French army played in Moscow in 2013. Established in 1949, the Band of the Signal Corps of Versailles plays with military precision twisted with artistic touch - it employs the musicians of the highest rank focusing on the wind section. Phillipe Caesmecker is the Conductor of the Band.
The Band of the Tank Army of France which was founded back in 1888, today is conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Varotto and beleived to be the most significant orchestras in the French Army. It is mission statement - to restore the glory of the French military and patriotic ceremonies. The 2012 Spasskaya Tower Festival was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812. Thus, the Band prepared a special program in collaboration with the wind bands of the Draguignan Artillery School and Second Hussar Regiment. Dressed in the historic uniform they performed compositions of the Napoleon times.
The French Foreign Legion Music Band with deep historic roots stretching back to 1831 rocked the Red Square in 2011. The Music Band carefully maintains till the present the usage of the Turkish crescent (a rare percussion instrument) and the flute, as well as a lower than usual harness for the drums, which makes it easier to go in a regimental slow march. Conductor - Émile Lardeux.
Yet another participant of the online concert is the North West Region Army Band, which performed in Moscow's Spasskaya tower Tattoo in 2010. The band counts its history from 1954 and until today is famous for honoring the traditions of its region - Brittany. Among other instruments, the musician use traditional Breton bagpipes.
On Wednesday, May 20, the 'Russian seasons' programme will feature a comic opera by Gioachino Rossini 'The Barber of Seville'. Brought to you by the largest musical theatre of Russia - The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (NOVAT).
'The Barber of Seville' has been an opera masterpiece and a playbill hit for already two centuries. The director the new new staging Dmitry Belyanushkin discovered a new relevant idea in the storyline: the characters of 'the Barber of Seville' actually need Figaro because he unties destinies and connects people together. In this day and age, when we mostly communicate in the virtual space, via gadgets, a virtuoso intermediary like that could come in very handy'.
The new Barber is closer to the modern world, the opera action revolves around the begining of the XXth century, during a theatre boom. The stage interpretation of the opera by Belyanushkin features Figaro as an employee of doctor Bartolo's clinic, where one can find cure to all possible diseases. The most reputable Spaniards come for the treatment there. Figaro works as a doctor in the spa clinic, while also running other errands. He is also an inventor, a fix-it man, a concierge and even a barber. But his purpose in life is fixing human souls, only he is capable of 'concocting' a cure - love.
'The music by Rossini is special in a sense that the composer gives all of us some kind of freedom, an opportunity to express yourself. I never wanted to make a production that will not be recognizable, I want to produce a Rossini togehter with my team that we will not shy away from showing in Italy. We strive to make our show speak the authentic Italian language and give it a true Italian spirit, - said music director and conductor Dmitri Jurowski.
'Our play allows the viewers to cast a new glance over the well-known story of the opera from a different angle. I want to put the viewer in the atmosphere of a Spanish clinic named Sanatorium Dr. Bartolo. The success of the place is not about its unique machines, but about the outstanding skills of Figaro, jack of all trades. By matchmaking, he cures patients with love, - said director and producer Dmitry Belyanushkin.
The new play, shown in NOVAT in 2018 was created by Dmitri Jurowski together with Angelo Michele Errico - a clavecinist, and an expert in XVII-XIX century Italian music. The authors managed to showcase an authentic version of the Barber with the use of modern expressive means, retaining an original performance and the musical spirit of the epoch.
The lead parts in 'the Barber of Seville' are played by winners of Russian and international competitions Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (Rosina), Pavel Yankovsky (Figaro), Francesco Tuppo (Count Almaviva) Andrey Triller (Bartolo), Alexey Laushkin (Basilio).
The cultural marathon of the 'Russian seasons' will close with a concert of one of the most renown companies of Russia - The Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Chorus (Friday, May 22). The artists sang on November 23, 2019 in Moscow in the Tchaikovsky concert hall.
The Russian musical group was established by Mitrofan Pyatnitsky, a collector of Russian folklore in 1910 during the reign of the Russian Modern Style, when the country was totally engulfed by the interest in its national roots. Traditional costumes, old tunes, clean and crisp delivery - this is what attracted the public which was sated already with the European culture and discovered the beauty of the old Russian song in the choir. The first performances were a real hit, later the company became even more popular year on year.
Pyatnitsky successors have carried forward the ideas set by the founder, paving the way for future success. In 1936 the company was awarded with the State Choir title, in 1959 they were awarded with the The Order of the Red Banner of Labour, in 1968 they were titled Academic, in 1986 - awarded with the People's Friendship order, 2007 - the medal of the Government of Russia 'The Patriot of Russia', 2008 - 'The National treasure of the country' award.
The Pyatnitsky Chorus today is 80 handsome men and beautiful women, at least 15 songs in every performance and 3-4 costume sets for every show. The artists are there to give viewers songs, dances and music, but what people love them for is the soul and integrity, the character and temper, for fine emotions and overwhelming expression.
By 2020 the Pyatnitsky Chorus has become a true artistic laboratory of the XXI century, easily mixing modern genres and rythms with timeless folk style. Their touring geography is vast - from Australia to the polar circle, from the US to China.
'France, Italy, Russia - the future week's programme will bring our audiences special experiences and will lift their spirits! In the comfort of your homes you can enjoy the performing talent of French orchestras in the Russian Festival, indulge in the Italian humor of the Barber of Seville staged by the Novosibirsk artists and dive into the depth of a true Russian soul brought to you by the National treasure of Russia - the Pyatnitsky Chorus, - said director of the ANO 'Russian Seasons' Alexey Lebedev.