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Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Raskatov / Stravinski

Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra will top off their stay in Montreux with a doubly remarkable concert. Stravinsky's emblematic Rite of Spring, written in 1913 in Clarens for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, is an obvious choice for a festival devoted to Russian culture. The ballet's premiere in Paris caused a riot but brought the composer fame soon afterwards. Alexander Raskatov's opera Eclipse also has ties to the lemanic area. A descendant of one of the Decembrists sentenced to death in 1825 asked the Moscow-born musician to compose an opera about the Decembrist revolt in St. Petersburg. Raskatov himself wrote the libretto, making use of a wide variety of Russian and French literary sources and historical records, including documents he found in the family archives of the project's Swiss patron. This gripping opera was first performed in June 2018 at the Mariinsky Theatre. The extracts included in this concert will be a Swiss premiere.

Alexander Raskatov (born in 1953)
Excerpts from the opera Eclipse
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Sergey Muravyov-Apostol: Sergei Romanov
Nicholas I: Artyom Krutko
Empress: Olga Pudova
Katya: Pelageya Kurennaya
Officer-sadist: Stanislav Leontiev
Punished Soldier and Father: Alexander Gerasimov
Messenger, Hyppolite and Kakhovsky:Alexander Mikhailov
Ryleyev and the Priest: Vladimir Feliauer
Pestel: Oleg Sychev
Vigel and Bestuzhev: Andrei Ilyushnikov
Accompanist: Leonid Zolotarev

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Rite of Spring

Prices (CHF)
CAT A: 160.-
CAT B: 130.-
CAT C: 95.-
CAT D: 55.-