Collage “Beethoven and Tchaikovsky”



Oratorio “Christ on the Mount of Olives” for soloists, choir, and orchestra

Persymphans’ mix: parts of concerts, symphonies, and ballets

The programme is subject to change

31 May 2020 Sunday 19.00 Grand Hall
19.00 Grand Hall

Collage “Beethoven and Tchaikovsky”

The concert is cancelled
First symphonic ensemble without conductor

On stage, they always sit in circle: face to face, with their backs to the audience. The stage lacks a podium for conductor. There’s actually no conductor at all, for every musician is important, and each and every one is a virtuoso soloist. 

The contemporary Persymphans is an ensemble recreated in under the same moniker in 2008 by pianist/composer Petr Aidu as its predecessor, and like the early Soviet-times Persymphans it’s a conductor-free orchestra. That Persymphans was born five years after the October Revolution, and it advocated ideas of equality and brotherhood. The orchestra had no conductor – it was its basic principle – and it is still remembered as one of the most daring avant-garde projects ever. 

Thought the 21st century iteration of Persymphans is not the exact copy of 1920’s original version, but it does follow the traditions laid by it: collective leadership instead of conductor’s dictatorship, unusual seating pattern (in circle, not in a row, in order to have eye contact), and repertoire that mixes classics with music of early 20th century composers.