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Andrei Petrenko: “I love good music …”

Chief choirmaster and guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theater, Honored Artist of Russia, artistic director of the Instrumental Chapel Chamber Orchestra of the Moscow Regional Philharmonic Society Andrei Petrenko on cooperation between the Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theater, working with foreign artists, modern music and much more.

– Andrei Alexandrovich, on November 12, the concert “Masterpieces of European Classics” will be held in the Svetlanov Hall of the House of Music. This is not the first collaboration of the Moscow Regional Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theater. Tell us more about the concert. What awaits viewers?

– Indeed, we have already done joint programs. So, in August of this year, we prepared a big festive concert in honor of the 870th anniversary of Zaraysk near Moscow. This project was received by the audience with great enthusiasm. The program, which will be performed on November 12 in the House of Music, contains the most significant episodes of classical music, a kind of golden fund: that, on the one hand, is well known to the audience, and on the other, you rarely hear it in one program.

– The concert program will feature works by composers of various eras. Do you have a favorite era from a musical point of view?

– I love good music … Regardless of the era.

– You performed opera productions in Finland (Gounod’s Faust) and Estonia (Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville). Did you work with Russian or foreign artists there?

– Exclusively with foreign artists.

– What is the difference between working with domestic and foreign performers?

– There are practically no differences, unless there is a higher performing discipline. In working with our artists, you first propose, then you must believe, and then you have to do if you believe. And there you propose, and everyone immediately connects to this idea, to work, there is no appraisal side. From this process quickly goes to a quality level.

– More than 10 years ago, under your leadership, the world premiere of the opera “New Life” by Vladimir Martynov took place on the stage of the House of Music. What other works of contemporary composers have you encountered in practice?

– I didn’t come across Vladimir Martynov’s music anymore, it was a one-time action. If we talk about the major compositions of other composers of the third millennium, then at the Mariinsky Theater I conduct Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Enchanted Wanderer, the choir opera Boyary Morozova, and I have also conducted the works of St Paste of John and the Passover by Ion and the Easter “.

– Has the “Instrumental Chapel” orchestra changed during your leadership?

“Thanks to the Directorate of the Philharmonic, the orchestra is entering new venues, and in many respects due to this, the performing level of the Instrumental Chapel has a clearly positive dynamic.

– What are the prospects for the development of the team?

– I see prospects in expanding his repertoire, an increase in the staff of the orchestra will be required. Due to the fact that the regional philharmonic has a wonderful choir under the direction of Mykola Azarov, I see a huge potential in the qualitative performance of works of cantatas and oratorios.

 

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