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Russian Music at the Concert Series “Vredenburg Friday” in Utrecht during the 2010/11 Season

Alongside the already established concert series “The Sunday Matinee” of the Dutch Broadcasting Company, which takes place at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, there has been a new concert series under the motto of “Vredenburg Friday” since 2005, held at the Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht. Ensembles of the Dutch Broadcasting Company are the exclusive performers in this series, with each concert being broadcast live on Radio 4.

The 2010/11 season has “Music from Russia” as its theme. Included will be Dutch premieres of works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Lera Auerbach during the second half of the year. Here is an overview:

Aram Khachaturian: Suite No. 1 from “Spartacus“ for orchestra
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Kirill Karabits (cond.)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 3 “The First of May“
Groot Omroepkoor, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Mark Wigglesworth (cond.)

Sergei Prokofiev: “Peter & The Wolf“. Symphonic faity tale for children
Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Koen Kessels (cond.)

Modest Mussorgsky / Dmitri Shostakovich: “Songs and Dances of Death” for bass and orchestra
Robert Holl (bass), Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Jaap van Zweden (cond.)

Alfred Schnittke: Sonata No. 1 for violin and chamber orchestra
Dmitri Sitkovetski (violine, cond.), Radio Kamer Filharmonie

Lera Auerbach: “Serenade for a Melancholic Sea“ for violine, violoncello, piano and strings
Ronald Brautigam (piano), Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Michael Schønwandt (cond.)
– Premiere in the Netherlands

Alfred Schnittke: “Three Sacred Hymnes“ for choir a cappella
Groot Omroepkoor, Sigvards Klava (cond.)

Dmitri Kabalevski: Concerto No. 2 for violoncello and orchestra
Arturo Muruzabal (violoncello), Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Andrei Grams (cond.)

Sofia Gubaidulina: “Glorious Percussion”. Concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra
‘Glorious Percussion’ (percussion ensemble), Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Andrew Litton (cond.)
– Premiere in the Netherlands

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 “Babi Jar“ for bass, male choir and orchestra
Sergey Aleksashkin (bass), Groot Omroepkoor, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Dmitri Slobodeniouk (cond.)


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