Laureates of international competitions
Anton Kotikov (saxophone)
Maria Moiseeva (organ)
We are ready to imagine the subtle sound of the saxophone in the relaxing semi-darkness of a club and certainly not in a cathedral, together with the organ. But in reality it is in the Church that the familiar saxophone repertoire has its source. All of our favourite jazz melodies bear traces of Christian hymns that saved black slaves from despair more than a century and a half ago. Having believed in God of whom they hadn’t heard before, they sang glory to Him, adding the hot sun of Africa and its stirring rhythms to strict canonical sacred songs. Their sincere impulse changed the musical situation of the world, dividing it into “before” and “after jazz”.
Besides spirituals, the saxophone and organ duo is going to perform pieces of sacred music we are more accustomed to: Bach’s works, Ave Maria by Schubert and “Caccini” and remarkable organ variations on Ave Maria by the Russian composer S. Taneev. As we listen to these, we feel inclined to call the organ a genuinely Russian musical instrument, which is not far from being true. In fact the king of the instruments was appreciated by princes of Kievan Rus’, while the balalaika, the visiting card of the Russian musical culture, in its contemporary design came into being in the late 1800s.
Program: J.S. Bach, F. Schubert, “G. Caccini”, S. Taneev, S. Karg-Elert, J. Alain, J. Newton, A. Piazzolla, P. BrunaДорогие друзья! Приобретая билеты, Вы соглашаетесь с правилами посещения концертов в Соборе