Sacred Music Festival in the Cathedral: Music for Lent
Featured Artists:"Cantilena" children's choir
Anna Vetlugina (organ)
Diana Redkobaykina (soprano)
Dmitry Maximenko (baritone)
Percussion Ensemble of the S. S. Prokofiev Moscow Region College of Music
Symphony Orchestra of the S. S. Prokofiev Moscow Region College of Music
Valery Barinov (declamation)
Programme: H. Górecki, A. Vetlugina
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Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is one of musical legends of the 20th century. In 1992 in Europe people in disc stores kept asking for a symphony in which a girl sang in an unknown language. She sang in Polish, it was a prayer to Virgin Mary found on a wall in a Gestapo prison. Górecki’s Symphony, released in the United States, occupied the sixth line of classical albums charts after it had been broadcast a few times on the radio. In England it was second only to Paul McCartney in classical music charts. Never had so many copies of a classical album been sold! A modest Polish from Katowice overthrew all established views on the laws of commerce. “I’ve never asked for payment for my music, – he said. – Why do they buy it? Perhaps they are looking for something…”
Anna Vetlugina’s Septem angeli (Seven Angels) for children’s choir, baritone, organ and percussion ensemble is based on the medieval sequence Dies irae and the Revelation to John. Usually this theme is associeated with distruction, and the choice of musical instruments seems to suggest the same idea. But the author is interested in an insider’s experience: is a person watching the Apocalypse terrified or curious and filled with hope? Indeed in Christianity the end of the world means the beginning of transformation and the coming of God’s Kingdom.
Artistic directors: Honoured Cultural Worker of Russia Irena Sarnatskaya and Honorary Cultural Worker of Moscow Elena Salyuk
Conducted by Sergey Borovikov and Maria Kinzhalova
Symphony No. 3 (The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)
Septem angeli for children’s choir, baritone, organ and percussion ensemble
Please note that the programme may be subject to change.