The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, December 1, 2019 to Monday, December 23, 2019

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts’ annual December Nights festival celebrated the close relationship between the development and enjoyment of music and the visual arts across history, cultures and until the current day. In 2019, the festival took place in conjunction with a major show from the collection of Gainsborough House and other UK museums, building on Russia’s admiration for Thomas Gainsborough (a contemporary of Handel) and the creative desires of Moscow audiences to engage with music in new and non-traditional settings, giving a new perspective both to the art and the music performed. 

The Festival Programme

December 1 – “England: The Land of Hope and Glory”

Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra
Artistic Director and Conductor – Yuri Bashmet
Soloists — Maxim Paster (tenor), Alexander Rudin (cello), Yuri Bashmet (viola)
Program: E. Elgar, F. Bridge, B. Britten, R. Vaughan Williams, J. Tavener

December 3 – “God Save the Queen”

Intrada vocal ensemble directed by Ekaterina Antonenko
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  directed by Paul Goodwin (United Kingdom)
Program: William Boyce & Joseph Haydn

December 4 – “Golden Age of British Music”

Baroque Brass of London (United Kingdom)
Program:H. Purcell, W. Croft, W. Corbett, G. Barrett, M. Locke, J. Wilbye, J. Cooper (Coprario), A. Holborne

December 6 – “Rejoice” English spiritual music

Questa Musica ensemble directed by Philipp Chizhevskiy
Boys’ Choir of the V.S. Popov Academy of Choral Art Artistic Director and Conductor Aleksey Petrov
Baroque Brass of London (United Kingdom) 
Program: Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten 

December 8 – “Seasons of the Year” Choral Music of the 13th – 20th Centuries

I Fagiolini vocal ensemble Conducted by Robert Hollingworth (United Kingdom)
Program: C. Monteverdi, C. Janequin, K. Leighton, H. Schütz, J. Rheinberger, J. Brahms, L. Ferré, B. Britten, E. Hughes, F. Poulenc

December 12 – “Musical Intervention” 18th Century London

Max Emanuel Cenčić (countertenor, Austria), Yury Revich (violin, Austria)
String quartet – Marina Katarzhnova (violin), Asya Sorshneva (violin), Sergey Poltavsky (viola), Igor Bobovich (cello) Olga Filippova (harpsichord)
Program: G.F. Handel, N. Porpora, F.M. Veracini, F. Geminiani, G. Tartini

December 13 – “The Spirit of Gainsborough” The artist and his models

Pratum Integrum Orchestra Artistic Director Pavel Serbin
Soloists – Sergey Filchenko (violin), Tatjana Zimre (oboe, Germany), Olga Ivusheykova (flute), Sergey Tischenko (viola), Pavel Serbin (cello)
Program: T. Linley the younger, J.S. Bach, C.F. Abel, T. Giordani

December 14 – “The Road to Kilkenny” Ancient Irish music

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien ensemble Conductor François Lazarevitch (France)
Program: Popular instrumental and vocal music of the 17th–18th centuries

December 16 – “Hommage à Maestro Richter”

Evgeny Kissin’s Klavierabend
Program: Ludwig van Beethoven

December 18 – “Concerto Duel” on ancient instruments

Patrick Ayrton (United Kingdom) and Aleksei Lubimov
Program: J. Bull, P. Philips, O. Gibbons, G. Farnaby, H. Purcell, W. Byrd, P. Ayrton, J.C. Bach, C. Burney, Jan L. Dusík

December 20 – “Venus and Adonis” Opera by John Blow

Pratum Integrum Orchestra Intrada vocal ensemble
Soloists – Anna Dennis (soprano, United Kingdom), Jonathan Sells (baritone, United Kingdom), Yuriy Mynenko (countertenor, Ukraine) Artistic Director and Conductor Robert Hollingworth (United Kingdom) In concert Russian premiere

December 23 – “A Sentimental Journey” Literary and musical fantasy based on the novel by Laurence Sterne

Directed by Ekaterina Vasilyova Composed by Igor Kholopov 
Actors: Darya Moroz and Valery Krupenin
Soloists: Tomasz Ritter (piano, Poland) Maria Simakova (soprano) String quartet – Sergey Filchenko (violin), Natalia Kosareva (violin), Sergey Tischenko (viola), Alexander Gulin (cello)
The performance features music by J. Field, M.I. Glinka, E.I. Fomin, D.S. Bortniansky. O.A. Kozlovsky, N.G. Kapustin and I.A. Kholopov.

Yuri Bashmet is the festival’s artistic director. 

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