Friday, September 03, 2010

Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform in St. Petersburg on PBS

Soprano Renée Fleming (site ) from the U.S. and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky from Russia (site  ) gave a roving recital on PBS Great Performances, broadcast Sept. 1, some with orchestra and some songs (individually and in duets) with piano. They visited various locations in St. Petersburg, Russia, most notably the Hermitage, also called “The Russian Ark” (with its three orchestras and various pianos). (There is a called this, dated 2002, from Wellspring, is directed by Alexsandr Sokurov, shown at the Uptown in Minneapolis when I was living there.)

They performed Verdi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Medtner, and Tchaikovsky. The concert ended with the violent closing pages of Eugene Onegin (whichI believe has been quoted in the soundtrack of the popular TV series “Smallville” before). Somehow this closing reminds me a bit of the way the first movement of the Fourth Symphony closes, or the ending of the early Dante tone poem Francesca da Rimini.

Having worked securing contributions or selling subscriptions to two symphony orchestras before, I can say that Fleming is always viewed as an enormous draw.

WETA’s link for the performance is here.

Wikipedia attribution link for Hermitage picture

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