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Russian Moderns in Dessau

The Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau will present its first symphony concert on 18 and 19 September 2003, in cooperation with the Bauhaus Dessau. The concert is dedicated exclusively to twentieth-century Russian music. The first work on the programme is Alexander Mossolov's legendary machine-music "The Iron Foundry," Op. 19 from the year 1928. In this work, the orchestral instruments conjure up the graphic sound image of a workshop hall of the Russian metal industry. After this, the orchestra will present another work written at this time: the Suite from Dmitri Shostakovich's early opera "The Nose," based on the satirical novel of the same name by Nikolai Gogol. A high point of the concert will surely be the world premiere of the work "Nola" for various flutes and string orchestra by Benjamin Yusupov, a Russian composer (born in 1962 in Tajikistan) who now lives in Israel. Yusupov uses ethnic material from his original homeland combined with sounds and structures of contemporary European music in his instrumental concerto, a work rich in colourful variety.

An introductory talk will be presented in the foyer prior to each symphony concert.