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Festival programme

27 May >

Festival Opening

Quatuor Diotima

H. Dutilleux, M. Ravel, C. Debussy 

 

The world-renowned Diotima quartet is a real dream team. The ensemble, founded 25 years ago by graduates of the Paris Conservatory, became famous not only for their high performing skills, but also for their non-trivial approach to the repertoire, collaboration with living classics. Not a single season of the quartet is complete without world premieres, but the musicians do not forget about their roots either. The name of the ensemble refers to the novel by Hölderlin Hyperion, the author of which glorifies his beloved under the name of Diotima (an ancient priestess who spoke of "platonic" love), as well as to Luigi Nono's string quartet Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima, acting as a connecting link between the past and the future, tradition and innovation. Thus, classical masterpieces, reflected in the mirror of contemporary music, receive a new refraction in the interpretation of the Diotima quartet. And at the opening of the Vivarte festival, an ensemble from France will present outstanding quartets of French composers "from the bearers of tradition" – authoritatively, but as fresh and original as only Quatuor Diotima can.

 

29 May >

Lyudmila Berlinskaya, piano

Arthur Ansel, piano

H. Arensky, S. Rachmaninoff, W. Bolcom, J. Gershwin, A. Tsfasman

The duet of Lyudmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ansel is described in extremely favorable words: “sensational pianists”, “brilliant, uplifting” ensemble, “flawless technique”, ‘coherence that creates an impression of a solo performance” – such are the reviews of the international press. One of the "most exciting duets on the modern stage" emerged ten years ago, when professor of the Paris Conservatory Lyudmila Berlinskaya and her graduate student Arthur Ansel created a wonderful tandem both in life and on stage, quickly gaining recognition and prestige in the European music community. The duo performs in major concert halls and at prestigious festivals, presenting not only textbook masterpieces created for two pianos – such as Arensky's Silhouettes or Rachmaninoff's suite – but also a variety of transcriptions. These include works by Ansel, who expands the two-piano repertoire with skillful transcriptions of symphonic scores and major piano pieces. At the Vivarte festival, the duo will compare popular Russian classics with 20th century American music and works by the pioneer of Soviet jazz Alexander Tsfasman. 

30 May >

Denitsa Lafchieva, clarinet

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

Alexander Zemtsov, viola

Boris Andrianov, cello

Kirill Gershtein, piano

Katya Skanavi, piano

W. A. Mozart, I. Stravinsky, J. Suk, A. von Zemlinsky

At the center of the third festival program is Stravinsky's iconic ballet "The Rite of Spring", which blew away the respectable Parisian public and revolutionized musical theater. Before the premiere, the composer showed his daring musical invention to close friends, playing an arrangement of ballet piano music hand in hand with Claude Debussy. It is this transcription that will be performed at the Vrubel Hall by a brilliant duet – Kirill Gerstein, a rare and long-awaited guest from America, and his stage partner Katya Skanavi. The gen of the evening will also be the Elegy of Josef Suk (a student and son-in-law of Antonin Dvořák, he wrote very pleasant melodic music) and two clarinet trios: a charming piece by Mozart for amateur music-making in aristocratic houses and the work of a young Zemlinsky, which won third prize at the competition of the Vienna Society of Musicians and got the approval of Brahms himself! Small masterpieces will be performed by an international team of virtuosos – artists of European and world renown, combining their musical endeavouros with teaching at prestigious universities.

31 May >

Denitsa Lafchieva, clarinet

Roman Mints, violin

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

Alexander Zemtsov, viola

Boris Andrianov, cello

Anna Koshkina, cello

Kirill Gershtein, piano

Katya Skanavi, piano

S. Prokofiev, J.N. Hummel, C. Debussy, G. Fauré

The fourth evening of the Vivarte festival is a fascinating musical journey through countries and eras. It will begin in Austria at a time when classicism gave way to romanticism (it was during this period that the works of Hummel, a student of Mozart and Haydn and a teacher of Mendelssohn, were created). It will continue during the heyday of romanticism in France, where Gabriel Fauré created his quivering, restless opuses. The twentieth century will present to the listener a picture of a Jewish wedding (Prokofiev used wedding melodies in his Overture on hebrew themes). Then exotic images of Ancient Greece will be shown to the public through the eyes of a French impressionist, slightly carried away by the avant-garde ("Six Antique Epigraphs" by Debussy). The musical voyage will end in Verona, first elegized by Shakespeare, then by Prokofiev and, finally, by the founder of the Russian viola performing school Vadim Borisovsky, who transcribed two suites from the ballet Romeo and Juliet for viola and piano. To perform this unusual program, the brightest European and Russian musicians – masters of chamber performance will gather in Moscow.

4 June >

Sergey Nakaryakov, trumpet/flugelhorn

Nikita Borisoglebsky, violin

Aylen Pritchin, violin

Razvan Popovichi, viola

Andrey Usov, viola

Boris Andrianov, cello

Anna Koshkina, cello

Freddy Kempf, piano

W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, D. Shostakovich, A. Dvořák

The headliner of the fifth festival evening will be "Paganini Trumpets" by Sergey Nakaryakov, who proved to the whole world that a brass instrument can compete in virtuosity with a violin. The musician's extensive repertoire includes not only original compositions, but also his own numerous arrangements. For the Moscow public, he offered to perform one of the most interesting chamber ensembles of Mozart – the French Horn and Strings Quintet, in which he plays the part for French horn on a flugelhorn – a related instrument, which he can play flawlessly.  Another proposal from Nakaryakov is an absolute rarity: fragments of Shostakovich's music for the film "Girl Friends" (1935), a black-and-white film by Lev Arnshtam about three young defenders of revolutionary Petrograd. Seven instrumental preludes from a unique soundtrack were once recorded by Nakaryakov with the legendary Borodin Quartet, and now they will be performed together with an international ensemble. The program of the evening will also be complemented by Andante spianato and Chopin's Grande Polonaise Brillante performed by the star pianist Freddy Kempf and the Dvořák drama trio.

5 June >

Igor Fedorov, clarinet

Andrey Shamidanov, bassoon

Sergey Nakaryakov, trumpet

Nikita Borisoglebsky, violin

Aylen Pritchin, violin

Razvan Popovichi, viola

Boris Andrianov, cello

Freddy Kempf, piano

E. Elgar, S. Prokofiev, B. Martinů

One of the main heroes of the VI Vivarte Festival, British pianist Freddy Kempf mesmerized Russian music lovers in 1998 at the Tchaikovsky Competition. Having become an absolute favorite of the audience, Freddy received only the III prize, which caused a flurry of indignation both in the public and in the press. However, since then the pianist has managed to make a phenomenal international career, having established himself as an artist of great charm and high skill, as well as a person endowed with many other talents (for example, Freddy knows about 30 languages to varying degrees). In the final evening at the Vrubel Hall, Kempf will perform two highly contrasting compositions. These are the Quintet of the British classic Edward Elgar – a monumental opus, comparable in scale to a symphony; and the sparkling, full of humor and bright colors suite "Kitchen Revue" by Bohuslav Martinů, where jazz idioms are skillfully soldered with motifs of Czech folk songs and dances. The program of the evening will also include an experimental Sonata for two violins by Prokofiev, written for the opening of the progressive Parisian society of contemporary chamber music "Triton".

6 June>

Festival Closing

Musical Promenade

Sergey Nakaryakov, trumpet

Arkady Shilkloper, French horn

Gilles Apap, violin

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

Razvan Popovichi, viola

Boris Andrianov, cello

Anna Koshkina, cello

Andrey Ivanov, double-bass

Mikhail Ivanov, piano

Vartan Babayan, drums

Free entrance