The local government spares no effort to enrich the cultural life of Vologda District and bring all significant art events of modern Russia to the public. With its help, Vologda Philharmonic Society has become a constant reliable partner for major academic orchestras.
Speaking at a press-conference, Vladimir Fedoseyev stressed the important role of northern Russian cities in preserving and restoring the cultural traditions and noted the northern tour evokes special feelings in the orchestra. “We have come to play the sublime pieces by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, and we have brought the best actors. A year ago, our musical and literary performance “War and Peace” was a true success in France, and now we are going to play it again, at the end of the season, in Vologda.”
And at night, the audience enjoyed the grand performance combining the great music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with the literary masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy. Mikhail Philippov and Daria Moroz delivered extracts from the novel, given powerful musical responses from the orchestra. Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, fragments from Prokofiev’s “War and Peace” and Tchaikovsky’s brilliant overture “1812” made up the musical part of the program. And as a special present to Vologda listeners, the concert finished with two small pieces by local-born composer Varely Gavrilin, highly esteemed in Russia, - “The Voyage from Moscow to Kerch” and “Waltz”.
July 7, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev opened the concert with a suite from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. The suite was edited by Fedoseyev himself, and in fact, the Orchestra’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky has won international acclaim and is now considered exemplary. The second half of the concert presented “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky. The audience enjoyed brilliant performances of the Orchestra soloists: violin, People’s Artist of Russia M. Shestakov; violoncello, P. Kondrashin; harp, People’s Artist of Russia E. Moskvitina; and clarinet, People’s Artist of Russia V. Permyakov.
The sounding of the Orchestra is apprehended as a joint creative work of high-class soloists. And the Orchestra itself, guided by the legendary maestro Fedoseyev will be memorized as the Orchestra-devotee, Orchestra-enlightener, Orchestra-toiler.