On 14 September 2020, the State Chamber Orchestra «Moscow Virtuosi» will present a new project – a concert mystery «Seasons of the Year. Rethinking». The conceptual programme will combine music from the Baroque period with works from the 20th century, and the culmination will be a performance of «Seasons» by Max Richter – a contemporary composer who in 2012 rethought the famous Antonio Vivaldi cycle. The visual accompaniment will be an animated video created especially for the project by artists from Canada. The concert will take place on the stage of the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music.
«By the start of the new season, we decided to make a special, unusual project in form. This is not just a concert where the orchestra performs a number of pieces. It is a philosophical performance inspired by the idea of rethinking the music of old times. Bach, Purcell, Lully, Dowland and Vivaldi are very modern in their style and ideas. And we want to build an arch between them and the 21st century, to invite our listeners to reflect on this topic together. Eugène Isai, who in the 20th century had a dialogue with Bach in his work, and Max Richter, whose «Seasons» inspired us on this project, will be the guides», – Tells the author of the idea of the concert, Honoured Artist of Russia, soloist of the orchestra «Moscow Virtuosi» Sergei Bezrodny.
Max Richter is called a composer who has made a breakthrough in the art of music. He has recorded 12 solo albums, performed at London’s Barbican, Paris Philharmonic, Sydney Opera House and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and his projects include the opera Sum and the ballet Infra (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) at Covent Garden. Richter’s music is heard in many plays around the world, as well as in the films «The Island of the Damned» by Martin Scorsese, «The Last Love on Earth» by David Mackenzie, «Waltz and Bashir», for the soundtrack to which he received the «Best Composer» award from the European Film Academy.
Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons is one of the composer’s most famous works. Since its release in 2012, the recording has led the classical music charts in over 20 countries.
Artistic Director of the Orchestra «Moscow Virtuosi» – People’s Artist of the USSR, UNESCO Peace Artist Vladimir Spivakov. In 1979 he united the best musicians of the Russian capital in the chamber orchestra «Moscow Virtuosi». In Solomon Volkov’s book Dialogues with Vladimir Spivakov, the maestro recalls: «The aura of this constellation of bright talents was unique». The principles of the legendary partnership of musicians remain inviolable today.