Two vibrant Russian stars of baroque music and a concert dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of the talented composer Leonid Desyatnikov are presented in the program of the online service 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons', as part of the second season with Zaryadye Hall.
On Tuesday, February 16 , the concert of Dilyara Idrisova (soprano) and Maria Uspenskaya (organ) will be available to all viewers. The soloist of the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet House Dilyara Idrisova is often hailed 'the golden soprano of Bashkiria', and her talent has won high recognition abroad. Several years ago, the Austrian countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić heard the recordings of the Bashkir vocalist and invited her to partake in his productions, wherein she became a permanent artist. Dilyara Idrisova has performed on the stages of the Royal Theatre in Versailles, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Congress Hall in Krakow, the Handel Festival in Germany, the Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Gasteig Philharmonic in Munich. The vocalist is a winner of the First National Opera Award 'Onegin' in the 'Debut' nomination (2016), and she is also a winner of the Russian National Theatre Award 'Golden Mask' (2017).
Also on that night, Maria Uspenskaya will play a solo on the unique instrument specially crafted by the commission from the Zaryadye Hall - an organ with 5872 pipes. For the musical instrument, a separate facility was constructed behind the stage by the craftsmen of the oldest French organ-building company Mühleisen.
Maria Uspenskaya, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, had an internship at the Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory in harpsichord classes with Professor Bob van Asperen and historical piano with Professor Stanley Hoagland. The artist is a winner of one of the most respected international contests in the field of early music OudeMusik (Bruges) in two nominations at once, 'harpsichord' and 'hammerklavier'. She also became the first performer from Russia to receive the first prize at the Bach Contest in Leipzig in harpsichord (2010).
The artists will perform alongside the Moscow 'Musica Viva' Chamber Orchestra that has previously played premieres of works by Pärt, Sallinen, Silvestrov and other composers. The program includes works by Corelli, Handel, Geminiani and Vivaldi.
On Thursday, February 18, the audience will be presented with a concert dedicated to the Anniversary of the prominent Russian modern composer Leonid Desyatnikov.
The audience will be able to enjoy the composer's two cycles, including 24 preludes for piano 'Bukovinian Songs' written specifically for the pianist Alexei Goribol. He called this piano repertory an absolute masterpiece and, by the way, initiated the anniversary concert. It combines the techniques of modern composing and the Bach tradition of composing pieces in all keys. For the first time, half of the prelude songs by Leonid Desyatnikov were performed years ago at the New York Lincoln Centre, as part of the Alexei Ratmansky's ballet 'Bukovinian Songs' staged for the American Ballet Theatre. The entire cycle was performed at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm in June 2018, and in the fall of 2019 a recording was released at the Melodiya company.
The second cycle 'The Poet's Love and Life' is a vocal one, it was created for tenor and piano to the verses of the Oberiu poets Nikolai Oleinikov and Daniil Kharms. The work's title combines two Schumann's vocal cycles, 'The Poet's Love' and 'Woman's Love and Life'. It will be performed by the soloist of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, former soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, tenor Bogdan Volkov. The Russian vocalist is well known abroad, as he is a frequent guest star of the stages of Europe and the USA. Owing to the unique acoustics of Zaryadye Hall, Bogdan Volkov's voice will sound in a special way.
'Last year, the webcasts from Zaryadye Hall aroused great interest among our foreign and Russian audiences alike. Joint streamings reached about 1.5 million views. This year we are happy to carry on our cooperation and present a series of new webcasts. Now that the quarantine measures are still being observed, we hope that our music nights will share their warm atmosphere and creative mood with all the viewers. Please join the streamings at 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons',' remarked Director of 'Russian Seasons' Alexey Lebedev.
The webcasts start at 8pm Moscow time.