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17 February 2021 Wednesday 20.00 Grand hall
20.00 Grand hall

Shostakovich. 9th Symphony
National Philharmonic of Russia
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov

A series of concerts for the 115th anniversary of Shostakovich opens at the Zaryadye Hall.
Shostakovich's 15 symphonies will be performed from February 17 to December 24, 2021.

For the first time, capital and regional orchestras will take part in a large-scale project: the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the National Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, Persimfans, Moscow Soloists and others under the baton of the conductors, such as Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Korchak, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhail Pletnev, Pierre Blaise (France), Dmitry Liss, Andrey Boreiko, Yuri Bashmet, Daniil Raiskin.  

Since the time of Beethoven, the Ninth Symphony has gained fame “fatal”. Schubert, Dvořák, Mahler, Glazunov, Schnittke ... Shostakovich, like Beethoven, conceived his symphony as a grandiose canvas with a choral finale, but the result was a miniature work no more than half an hour long. Its premiere took place in November 1945. The grace and classical harmony of Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony make one recall the symphonies of the Viennese classics and SS Prokofiev's “Classical Symphony”. The author himself described his essay as “a sigh of relief after a gloomy hard time with hope for the future.”

The cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry” was created in 1948. In the summer Shostakovich rested in the summer cottage village of Komarovo near Leningrad. In the window of a newspaper stand, his attention was drawn to the collection of poems “Jewish Folk Songs”. The composer, who has always shown interest in Jewish folklore, conceived the idea of ​​a vocal cycle. The collection he bought consisted of songs collected mainly on the territory of Belarus in the late 1930s. There were lyrical, humorous, family, everyday, children's songs, as well as songs about the Great Patriotic War, about Stalin and the Red Army. Dmitry Dmitrievich chose eight songs, but later added three more.

Before the concert in the Chamber hall at 19.00 there will be a lecture “Conversation about Shostakovich”.>>
Olga Digonskaya

The entrance to the “Conversation about Shostakovich” is carried out after registration on the site. To register, you must have a ticket for the evening concert on the same day.

Since many things taken for granted from the understanding of Shostakovich's music go away with the generation for which this music was written, a commentary on each concert becomes necessary. For this purpose, the cycle “Conversation about Shostakovich” has been created: an hour before each concert in the Chamber hall of Zaryadye musicians, journalists and musicologists will tell about the composer's symphonies:

Pyotr Aidou and Grigory Krotenko (No. 1 and No. 2)
Julia Bederova (No. 8 and No. 15)
Levon Akopyan (No. 11, No. 13 and No. 14 - about the latter together with Yuri Bashmet)
Dina Kirnarskaya (No. 6 and No. 10)
Varvara Turova and Alexey Kurbatov (No. 5)
Joseph Raiskin (No. 7)
Olga Digonskaya (No. 9 and No. 12)
Andrey Boreiko (No. 4)
Joseph Raiskin and Daniil Raiskin (No. 3)