Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893–1930)
“A Cloud in Trousers” – musical and literary composition
will break the mountain chain of years,
and will present itself
as an aqueduct
by slaves of Rome,
enters into our days.
Vladimir Mayakovsky’s creativity in the post-Soviet era provokes ambiguous reaction – the necessarily-state glorification of “the greatest poet of the revolution” was replaced by skepticism and critical revision. But for all his inconsistency, both the poetry and the personality of Mayakovsky himself are forever inscribed in our country’s cultural history. His muse is the most vivid refraction of the fatal revolutionary events of our homeland, whose century we are celebrating these days. This year we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of the poet. His first poetic collection was published exactly 105 years ago; Mystery-Bouffe – one of the outstanding examples of the Soviet futuristic theater – was completed 100 years ago… Paradoxically combining rhythmic freedom, agitational pathos, revolutionary uncompromising stand and shrill-pinching lyrical notes, Mayakovsky’s poetry really “breathed music”. Friendly relations connected him with Prokofiev. The young Shostakovich enthusiastically worked on the music of The Bedbug play staged by Vsevolod Meyerhold. Mayakovsky’s poems echo in different facets and with such genius antagonists of the beginning of the 20th century as the neoclassicist Stravinsky as well as Alexander Scriabin, who aspired to the boundless expanse of the universe…
Honored Artist of Russia Mikhail Porechenkov is one of the brightest personalities of the modern Russian theater and cinema. For more than two decades now, he has continued to be almost the most popular actor in domestic movies and TV series. Policemen and Criminals, People of Today and Great Historical Figures, The heroes W. Shakespeare, L. Tolstoy, M. Bulgakov, A. Vampilov – the range of his acting career is unusually wide. This evening, Mikhail Porechenkov will perform in a role new to him: his performance will feature poetry and poems by Mayakovsky.
The Soloists of Moscow Chamber Ensemble, directed by Yuri Bashmet, will accompany the artist in this peculiar literary and musical composition.
In the second section of the concert, one of the most famous concert hits of Wolfgang Mozart will be performed – Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. This work was written in 1779, during a difficult period in the life of the young genius: an unsuccessful trip to Paris, the death of his mother, cancellation of engagement with his beloved singer Aloysia Weber… But it is hard to imagine in what dramatic circumstances was this bright, cheerful music, shining with all the colors of Mozart’s orchestral writing, seamlessly combining a virtuoso concerto with a truly symphonic development created. On his way to Paris, Mozart visited Mannheim (a small German town that was famous all over Europe for its orchestra and a pleiad of virtuoso performers), where he was given a very warm welcome. Under fresh impressions from the art of remarkable musicians, he conceived several compositions in the sinfonia concertante genre with various solo instruments. However, only KV 364 was implemented to the end.
Performing as soloists in the Mozart’s symphony will be winners of international competitions – Andrey Poskrobko and Maestro Yuri Bashmet himself