Viktor Alexandrov: "With a Heroic Spirit"
Viktor Alexandrov: “With a Heroic Spirit“

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The Capital Symphony Orchestra performs in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory under the baton of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Vladimir Gorbik.

 

The Capital Symphony Orchestra is a young ensemble, created in 2017 as an international project. Since its founding, it has rapidly established itself not only onstage around Moscow, but also abroad. The programs offered by the Capital Symphony Orchestra are diverse and purposeful. Vladimir Gorbik, its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, is actively performing concerts in both Russia and the United States. In 2019, Gorbik’s work was nominated for a GRAMMY award.

 

Vladimir Gorbik: “One of the principles that our orchestra adheres to is not only to perform well-known compositions, but also to introduce unfamiliar works. Last year we played in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music. We performed the “Manfred” Overture by Robert Schumann, a work rarely heard in Russia. We have long dreamed of presenting a completely Russian program to the public. I am very glad that this opportunity has now presented itself to us. In general, the idea of cultivating [MOU1] love for Russian music is one of the activities of the Capital Symphony Orchestra (CSO). The Orchestra does not limit itself to performing Western European classical works. The exposition of Russian music is now especially important, first of all, in the consolidation of our society against the background of political upheavals. I would really like that all the antagonistic behavior that shake East and West, with God’s help, would be resolved in a timely manner so that we do not follow the path of confrontation, but rather, strive for reconciliation. The life of the CSO goes on as usual. The past “COVID” year gave us even more results than expected. I know that many musical organizations have collapsed due to lack of funding. Our sponsors who patronize our Orchestra helped us overcome the difficulties of this difficult period.”

 

The concert in Moscow was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Trustees’ Fund.

 

 

The concert opened with the music of Alexander Borodin.

 

The epic breadth and gigantic scope of the Second Symphony (called the “Heroic Symphony” by the composer himself) aroused genuine delight in the audience. Vladimir Gorbik maintained the overall tension by logically building the form of the composition. The ability of the orchestra to add color to the music allowed the brilliance and grandeur of Borodin’s symphony to be beautifully manifest, highlighting every shade of emotion as well as the most subtle movements of the composer’s soul. The orchestra was truly in symphony with its conductor, carrying out his interpretation of Borodin’s work flawlessly. Vladimir Gorbik’s conducting style provided an accurate and freely breathing and balanced ensemble in which all the details of the music’s texture were heard.

 

After the intermission, a wonderful virtuouso pianist, himself a laureate of international competitions, Lukas Geniusas took the stage of the Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall. Accompanied by the Capital Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Gorbik, he performed the Concert Fantasy, Op. 56, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Geniushas conquered this masterwork with an abundance of nuance, exceptional technique and an amazing cantilena sound, easily coping with the complex musical material of the composition. Leonid Desyatnikov’s song, Bukovina, performed by the pianist as an encore, was no less impressive.

 

 

The Capital Symphony Orchestra and its Director have many creative plans and projects ahead.

 

Vladimir Gorbik: “I would really like to resume my master classes in the USA after the coronavirus crisis ends, and hold them in 2021. In addition to performances with the Capital Symphony Orchestra, I have planned concerts with other groups. The next program of the CSO will feature the wonderful First Symphony in G-minor by Vasily Kallinikov. Thus, we will gradually build up the idea of presenting Russian music in our repertoire. We will definitely refer to the piano concerts of Balikirev, Glazunov, and Rimsky-Korsakov. We were very well greeted by the Great Hall audience at the Conservatory. The concert was attended by many Orthodox Christian people, large families, to whom we always give invitations with pleasure. I am sure that this charitable side of the creative life of the Orchestra will continue to develop. Familiarization of our youth with the world’s masterpieces of classical music is essential for the future of Russia.”

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