Maritime Festival at the Hermitage Theater

  • Concert
Hermitage Theater / Main hall
Address: Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Dvortsovaya emb., 34

Duration: 01:50
Intermission: 1

Marine Festival at the Hermitage Theatre

Holding a festival at the Hermitage Theatre in mid-summer with the participation of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of People's Artist of Russia Sergei Stadler has become a wonderful tradition of the Northern capital.

This year, the theme of the festival project is the sea. The idea was inspired by the glorious history of St. Petersburg - one of the most famous sea cities in the world, where everything related to the sea is valued.

The program "Sea at Dawn" will feature works by the outstanding master of the Russian school of composition Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, whose 180th anniversary is celebrated this year; his talented students: Alexander Glazunov, Igor Stravinsky and Nikolai Tcherepnin, as well as French ones: Camille Saint-Saëns, Ernest Chausson, Claude Debussy.

The symphonic fantasy "The Sea" belongs to Glazunov's early creative period. "In the orchestra "The Sea" came out, it seems, quite powerful and... colorful," the composer spoke warmly about his work.

The music of the ballet "The Fairy's Kiss", written by Stravinsky, is inspired by the melodies of Tchaikovsky, whom he greatly revered. In particular, the composer used the song "Lullaby in a Storm" as an intonation basis. Stravinsky prefaced his work with the following lines: "I dedicate this ballet to the memory of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet has an allegorical meaning - after all, Tchaikovsky's muse is akin to this fairy. Like a fairy, the muse marked Tchaikovsky with her kiss, the seal of which lies on all the works of the great artist."

Nikolai Cherepnin addressed six musical illustrations to Pushkin's "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish" to his son. The composer recalled that while working on it, he was on the Finnish coast and thought "that this is precisely the "blue sea"".

"The Sea", which is three symphonic sketches, each of which Debussy gave a poetic title, is the largest work he wrote for orchestra. The composer created a magnificent musical-impressionistic canvas that captivates with orchestral colors. Fascinated by the sea, Debussy admitted: "The sea is everything that is most musical." In three symphonic sketches, Debussy captured not only wonderful memories of the sea, but also tender feelings for his future wife, to whom this work is dedicated.

The cycle of songs for voice and orchestra "Poem of Love and the Sea" belongs to the pen of the French composer Chausson. The concert will feature the first part - "Flower of the Waters", which opens with the following words: "The air is filled with the exquisite fragrance of lilac, whose flowers cover the walls from top to bottom, giving aroma to women's hair ..."

Also in the program of the first part, the song "Bell of the Sea" by Saint-Saëns - an iconic composer of France, the author of a rich heritage - will be performed.

The main character of the second part will be Rimsky-Korsakov, a former naval officer who made a round-the-world trip. The underwater kingdom scene from the opera Sadko, which creates a multifaceted image of the sea, is one of the most striking in the composer's work.


Part I

I. Stravinsky. The Fairy's Kiss (Tchaikovsky's Lullaby in a Storm)

N. Cherepnin. The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish, The Seine with the Goldfish (1912), op. 41

C. Saint-Saëns. The Bell of the Sea (1900), R.deest

E. Chausson. Poem of Love and the Sea (1882-90; 1893), op. 19

C. Debussy. "The Sea", three symphonic sketches (1905), L 109

Part II

N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Underwater Kingdom from the opera "Sadko"

Soloists of "Petersburg-concert"

Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor — People's Artist of Russia SERGEY STADLER

Director — Irina Fokina

Ensemble of Soloists "Rozhdestvo"

Artistic Director — Honored Artist of Russia Olga Stupneva

State Dance Ensemble "Barynya"

Artistic Director — Honored Artist of Russia Tatyana Timokhina

Duration — 1 hour 50 minutes with intermission

Each viewer c 0 years old must purchase a ticket.



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