For several years Unipro PJSC and the Orpheus Radio team have been searching for and restoring the undeservedly forgotten music of Russian composers. The immense historical and cultural value of the discovered material made it possible to stage two musical performances. Two world premieres will be presented to the audience at the Moscow-based "Novaya Opera" theatre as a part of the "Energy of Discoveries" Festival. These are the unique multimedia musical projects based on the works by Leonid Polovinkin (1894-1949) and Georgy Catoire (1861-1926).
Multimedia Musical Performance "Ship of Happiness" (dance drama)
Music by Leonid Polovinkin
Leonid Polovinkin is a prominent Russian composer and one of the leaders of the Russian musical avant-garde. He was very popular in the second half of the twenties-early thirties of the last century. His music was well known both in Russia and abroad. However, the fate of the composer and his musical heritage turned out to be tragic. The composer himself was not imprisoned during the Stalin-era repressions, but his works were 'repressed', so Polovinkin's music completely vanished from concert programs. The composer was forced to radically change his musical language, genre priorities, but many of his pieces were shelved in archives and stayed there for many decades – unknown and often never performed.
Multimedia Musical Project "Seven Bans"
Music: P.Tchaikovsky, G.Catoire, N.Golovanov, A.Mosolov
Nowadays the name of Georgy Catoire is well known only to classical musicians and is associated with his theoretical works on harmony. However, his first works were highly assessed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who played a really important role in formation of Catoire’s creative style. Several excerpts from the composer’s "Mtsyri" symphonic poem will be performed for the first time in this project.
"Catoire’s music is extremely emotionally saturated, it is perfect in form, interesting in content and rich harmonic language....I am deeply convinced that Catoire’s works are still awaiting their recognition, and this recognition will come soon! " (Alexander Goldenweizer)