Концерт состоялся 10 August 2019 года
Listening to the Kuhn organ
The name of composer Osip Kozlovsky is not so well-known in Russia. However his polonaise (lyrics by G. P. Derzhavin) was a non-official Russian national hymn of the late 18th – early 19th century. It was created on the occasion of the capture of the fortress of Ismail by A. V. Suvorov and his army during the Russian-Turkish war. In his time Kozlovsky was considered the best composer and his tunes could be heard everywhere. His obituary read: “Indeed there are very few Russian composers, and O. A. Kozlovsky is in the first rank among them.”
The concert gives us a rare opportunity to discover an important page of the history of Russian music. Russian soloists and a Canadian choir from Montréal perform Osip Kozlovsky’s grand Requiem. It was ordered by the last king of Poland, Stanisław II, but was performed at the funeral of Alexander I, emperor of Russia.