Performers: Antonio di Cristofano (piano, Italy); Ekaterina Sergeeva (mezzo-soprano); Hovhannes Nersesyan (bass, Armenia); Anatoly Kuznetsov (piano).
Program: Rachmaninov, Scriabin. Piano miniatures
November 26, 19.00 Marble Palace (5/1, Millionnaya St.)
Details on the site www.palacefest.ru
Information by phone 928-22-40, 570-05-15
On November 26, the Palaces of St. Petersburg Festival Foundation presents a concert as part of a project dedicated to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire in the Marble Palace.
The most impressive pages of Russian musical culture will be presented by the brightest performers: one of the most significant pianists in Italy, soloists of the Mariinsky Theater and the Yerevan Opera.
A writer, co-author of the exhibitions ‘Russia is my history’ Alexander Myasnikov will tell about the representatives of the imperial family and their connection with creativity, mastery of musical instruments and influence on the development of the country’s musical culture.
One of the best Italian pianists, Antonio di Cristofano, will perform piano miniatures by Rachmaninov and Scriabin. The maestro will reveal to the guests of the evening the gentle,
lyrical side of the early Alexander Scriabin, a composer who was widely known for his expressiveness, emotionality, and ‘nerve’ in music.
The piano miniatures of the genius of the 20th century Sergei Rachmaninoff performed by the Italian pianist sound especially convincing, because Signor Cristofano is an expert in the work of the great Russian composer and a member of the jury of one of the oldest competitions in our country named after S.V. Rachmaninoff.
Irina Shishkova, soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, laureate of international mezzo-soprano competitions, will perform female parts from operas of the Russian composer school of Glinka, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev. The noble image, bewitching luxurious mezzo-soprano of the singer won the hearts of not only the Russian public. Irina Shishkova has performed on such stages as Kennedy Center (Washington, USA), Grand Opera House of Geneva, Wigmore Hall in London, National Opera of Bordeaux, Serrate musical concert hall in Milan, St-Pierre-Des-Cuisines in Toulouse, Theater in Munich and Bruckner Haus in Linz.
Male images will be presented by bass Hovhannes Nersesyan, soloist of the Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Spendiarov. His voice has great beauty and spiritual power.
The piano part will be performed by the laureate of international competitions, accompanist of the leading soloists of the world Anatoly Kuznetsov.
The concert, dedicated to a significant historical date – the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire, will take place in the Gothic Hall of the Marble Palace. It is no coincidence that the musical and historical evening will be held in this palace, continuing the grand ducal traditions. One of the owners, Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, a creative person, made this place a point of attraction for the most significant people in the cultural life of the capital of the Russian Empire. It was here that famous concerts and literary evenings were held. Konstantin Konstantinovich himself was a translator and poet. In the literary world, he used the mysterious signature ‘K.R.’