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Russian opera stars to perform Mussorgsky's vocal cycles in Krasnoyarsk

Within the festival Stars Parade at the Opera. Slovtsov, the concert of Modest Mussorgsky’s chamber music Pictures at an Exhibition. Reload will be held. The soloists of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre Natalia Petrozhitskaya and Dmitri Zuev will take part in it. The arrangement for orchestra is made by Dmitri Yurovsky and Andrey Lukyanets.

Natalia Petrozhitskaya will present the song cycle The Nursery. Seven vocal and poetic miniatures reveal the spiritual world of a child by telling about different situations of a child’s life (With Nanny, In the Corner, With the Doll, At Bedtime, and others), as the composer saw it. The music and lyrics (the latter were written by Mussorgsky himself) reflect his communication with the family of critic Vladimir Stasov and his own childhood memories.

The cycle Songs and Dances of Death based on the poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov is filled with a completely different mood - sad and tragic. Being distressed by deaths of his close friends composer Alexander Dargomyzhsky and architect Viktor Hartmann, Mussorgsky created several songs depicting different faces of death - Lullaby, Serenade, Trepak, The Field Marshal. Dmitri Zuev is going to perform them.

The piano cycle Pictures at an Exhibition is also associated with the architect and artist Viktor Hartmann. After his death, friends organized an exhibition of his drawings. The subjects of these drawings inspired Mussorgsky to create a piano suite. The suite movements Promenade, Il Vecchio Castello , Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga), and others (10 movements in total) gained great popularity.

The composer  initially created the cycles for piano and voice. The Krasnoyarsk version of these chamber cycles will be performed by an orchestra. The authors of the orchestral arrangements are Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Theatre Dmitri Yurovsky and pianist, composer, ballet accompanist Andrey Lukyanets. Maestro Yurovsky will also act as a host of the concert: he will tell the audience about the creative world of Mussorgsky.