Great vocal concert in Cologne
The Russian mezzosoprano Agunda Kulaeva, the Byelorussian baritone Vladislav Sulimski and the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno participate together with the Gürzenich orchestra in three concerts, that Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct on November 29 & 30 and on the 1st of December at the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne.
Modest Mussorgsky's prelude to the opera 'Khovanchtchina' in the revised version by Dmitri Shostakovich will open the concert, followed by Mussorgsky's 'Songs and Dances of Death' in the orchestration of Edison Denisov, which is, besides the transcription by Shostakovich, the most performed orchestral version of this song cycle originally written for piano and voice. In his poignant music, Mussorgsky describes the implacability of the death.
The main work of the concert is Sergei Prokofiev's cantata Alexander Nevski, op. 78. It comes from the score that the composer wrote for the legendary historic film of Sergei Eisenstein about Alexander Nevsky, a Russian hero of the 13th century.