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Barbican – November 2014

Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Original version 1869)

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3 November 2014 – 19:00 – Barbican Hall

Mariinsky Opera
Valery Gergiev conductor

Cast to include:
Mikhail Kazakov Boris Godunov
Mikhail Petrenko Pimen
Evgeny Akimov Prince Shuisky
Alexei Markov Shchelkalov
Andrei Popov Simpleton

‘Weep, weep, O soul; soul of poor Russia’. Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: the story of a ruler and the ruled, of splendour and suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It is one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera; and this concert performance by the Mariinsky company under Valery Gergiev – surely the greatest living conductor of Russian opera – is the first of two very different operas being performed in the Mariinsky’s Barbican residency: a nation looking deeply inwards, just as Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander looks to the West.

 

Rodion Shchedrin Levsha (The Left-Hander) – UK premiere

 
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4 November 2014 – 19:00 – Barbican Hall

Mariinsky Opera
Valery Gergiev conductor

Andrei Popov The Left-Hander
Edward Tsanga Ataman Platov
Vladimir Moroz Tsar Alexander I / Tsar Nikolai I
Kristina Alieva The Flea
Maria Maksakova Princess Charlotte
Andrei Spekhov English Under-Skipper

After Boris Godunov, Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky forces present a Russian opera from the opposite extreme of the Russian soul. Rodion Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander is a comic tale of Russians and Englishmen, of new technology, old traditions, and strong drink. Specially written for Gergiev and the Mariinsky – who gave its premiere in July 2013 – this is the first UK performance of this exuberant, savagely funny satire in the tradition of Gogol and Shostakovich.

 

Mariinsky Chorus

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5 November 2014 – 19:30 – Milton Court Concert Hall

Mariinsky Chorus
Andrei Petrenko conductor

Programme to include:
Russian Orthodox Sacred Choral Music
Valery Gavrilin Perezvony (Chimes)

Like every part of the Mariinsky company, the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus is a virtuoso ensemble in its own right. Tonight, as a complement to the two operas in the Mariinsky’s Barbican residency, Chorus Director, Andrei Petrenko, explores Russian Orthodox sacred choral music and folksong, the twin traditions that inform Shchedrin’s and Mussorgsky’s operas – including Valery Gavrilin’s remarkable Perezvony, a large-scale choral fresco deeply rooted in Russian folklore, and almost never heard in the West.