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Alexander Raskatov: World Premiere and British Premiere in London

There will be two premieres of works by the Russian composer Alexander Raskatov at the Royal Festival Hall in London, both on 21 September 2011.

Raskatov’s orchestral work ”A White Night's Dream“ will receive its world premiere, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski at a concert in honour of Modest Mussorgsky. During the course of the concert, with the bass Segei Leiferkus, the orchestra will also present the British premiere of Raskatov’s adaptation of the ”Songs and Dances of Death for bass and orchestra with interludes by Mussorgsky.

The composer has supplied the following commentary on his new work ”A White Night’s Dream:“
”Since many years, a volume of Mussorgsky’s letters plays for me a role of Bible as well.
Mussorgsky was a great master of Word. And, as it is clear from his letters, he hate ‘musical transitions’: musical transitions as academical, school way of writing music. So, I decided to write a piece free from any transitions, piece which could be based on expositions of material, like a long chain. We can find 14 fragments, connected with different levels of perception of St Petersburg, city of Mussorgsky. The sounding ‘aura’ of the piece is based on a lot of short allusions, distantly connected with the inner world of Mussorgsky. Here there is no sense to go into details and to make a self-analysis. What was important to create a feeling of space of enormous country, as wrote Mussorgsky in one of his letters: ‘an expanse of Russian glades’. A lot of ‘ingredients’ are mixed up: bells and clocks, swampy white night and devil, church singing and holyfool, water and air as protoelements of the city.
Together with recently written and performed Suite for bass and orchestra ‘Alphabet of death’ these 2 compositions can be united in a special triptych dedicated to the last mystery.“

”A White Night’s Dream“ is a commissioned work by the London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ferrara Musica and Ars Musica Brussels.

21 September 2011
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Alexander Raskatov
”A White Night’s Dream“ for orchestra
Hommage to Modest Mussorgsky
British premiere: Mussorgsky/Raskatov   
”Songs and Dances of Dead“ for bass and orchestra with intermezzo
Sergej Leiferkus (bass)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (direction)


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