“The composer must be a performer”, Alexander Tchaikovsky is convinced. One of the greatest figures in the field of academic music in Russia today, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor, Head of the Composition Department of the Moscow Conservatory, and Artistic Director of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, A. Tchaikovsky possesses a multifaceted talent as a composer, performer, teacher, organiser, and public figure. This is probably what brought him closer to Yuri Bashmet, a friend, ensemble partner and client of his works for many years. An author of works in the most diverse genres, Alexander Tchaikovsky has a mastery of symphony and chamber music, particular features of his vocal-choral and instrumental writing; his works include operas, ballets, symphonies, instrumental concerti, oratorios and musicals. But like any other representative of the Russian school of composition, Alexander Tchaikovsky paid particular attention to the chamber-vocal genre; in his romances and songs he revealed the innermost recesses of his creative world.
The programme for this anniversary concert included vocal cycles from various years. “The French Ballad Songs were one of the author’s first completed works, the idea for which dates back to his student years at the Conservatoire. The cycle From the Life of an Actress in St Petersburg was composed in the 1990s, as was White Romance. The Symphonietta Farewell to the Twentieth Century for two pianos and chamber ensemble will be a unique instrumental “intermezzo” of the concerto – a unique culmination of the composer’s thoughts on the great and controversial century.
Tchaikovsky’s works will be performed by Natalia Petrozhitskaya, a soloist of the Stanislavsky Music Theatre, and Olesya Petrova, a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre and New York Metropolitan Opera, winner of the Onegin Prize (2020).
The piano part will be performed by Honoured Artist of Russia Alexei Goribol, an outstanding interpreter of chamber music, author of original artistic projects, and organiser and director of several festivals of contemporary music.
The concert is attended by Pavel Konovalov, a young pianist and composer, winner of international competitions.
The evening includes an interactive part where the audience will be able to talk to the composer. The concert will be conducted by famous musicologist and journalist Elena Istratova.
Anniversary evening dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Alexander Tchaikovsky
“French Ballad Songs of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries”
Vocal cycle to texts of French folk songs (translated by I. Ehrenburg)
1. Return of a sailor
3. A princess sat by the window
“Farewell to the Twentieth Century”
Symphonietta for two pianos and chamber ensemble.
“From the Life of a St Petersburg Actress”
Vocal cycle to poems by Russian poets for mezzo-soprano and piano.
1. Accidental (A. Blok)
2. Swan Lake (N.Zinoviev)
3. Do not come to my window (S. Esenin)
4. Madrigal (N. Zinoviev)
5. Behind the scenes (B. Akhmaludina)
6. Neither country nor pogost (I. Brodsky)
7. I… (A.Blok)
From the music to the play Provintsyalka after I. Turgenev’s comedy (v. N. Zinovyev)
Soloist of the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical Theatre
Natalia Petrozhitskaya (soprano)
Soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and the Metropolitan Opera
Olesya Petrova (mezzo-soprano)
Honoured Artist of Russia
Alexey Goribol (piano)
Laureate of international competitions
Pavel Konovalov (piano)
Concert and talk show host with the composer – musicologist Elena Istratova