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Music of Brigades at the Front, in honor of the 60th anniversary of Victory in World War II


Music of Brigades at the Front, in honor of the 60th anniversary of Victory in World War II

Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre presents the cycle of charitable concerts devoted to 60th anniversary of Soviet people Victory in Great Patriotic War.
The participants of the concert that is carried out by personal initiative of Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich are the soloists of Opera Centre and grand holders of Rostropovich Foundation.
The great musicians keep a holy memory about Great Patriotic War. Galina Vishnevskaya experienced all the horrors of Leningrad blockade. At nights she extinguished a firebombs on a roofs and among her numerous rewards the most important she considers the medal “For Leningrad defense”.
The project will start at “Chateau des Forgets” in Paris, May 5 (the concert is supported by Charitable Reserve Fund) then it will continue at Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin, May 7. In Russia: Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, Moscow, May 10 and a special concert for Navy of Russia in Kronstadt, May 19 and in Maly Hall of Philharmonic in Saint Petersburg, May 21.
The “Music of the front lines” which hare presented in this project is truly unique as it includes remixes of musical compositions of different genres forming the repertoire of front brigade’s artists which recently were found in Dmitry Shostakovich archive: arias from classic operas, fragments from operetta, music from movies, songs and romances.
According to Galina Vishnevskaya, “this is an incredible interesting musical material. Shostakovich is genius and our national pride. He made these arrangements for cello and violin because of musicians had to take with them only small instruments which could be easily transported”. As Mstislav Rostropovich has stressed, “this concert opened one more profound page of Dmitry Shostakovich creativity – maybe one of the greatest composers of XX century and the program is so various because the composer wanted that each of the soldier got pleasure of this concert”.

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