The Russian Virtuosi with Boris Grebenshikov
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This is a concert you will be glad you came to! The Russian Virtuosi of Europe together with the Father of Russian Rock, Boris Grebenshikov will show you the true meaning of Virtuosi in their concert at Cadogan Hall on January 9.
Described by The Strad as a "virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament", Yuri Zhislin formed "The Russian Virtuosi of Europe" in 2004. "We are an ensemble of musicians passionate about continuing the great traditions of the famous Russian school and it's a great honour for us to work with an equally passionate musician, and someone hailed by many as the Godfather of Russian Rock, Boris Grebenshikov."
Boris Grebenshikov, or BG as he is known colloquially, is considered to be the greatest living Russian poet and singer. BG was not the first Soviet citizen to be seduced by rock and roll or have long hair and faded jeans, but was the first to fully pass on the whole Western spirit of his time, hence his title The Godfather of Russian Rock.
"I'm looking forward to performing with The Russian Virtuosi of Europe and especially the Faune Suite for Voice and Chamber Orchestra arranged by Simon Bass. "Sometimes, language dictates the melody rather than the language itself, and that's what happened in this work. The Russian language provided the melody. It was a hot Mediterranean day in the summer of 2012 when I thought the work almost finished. However, the more I tried to write it down, the more interesting I found the landscape which was unfurling in front of me. Soon it was clear that I had to translate my impressions into notes which I did with the help of the brilliant British arranger and composer Simon Bass."
The programme opens with the world premiere of Columbia composer Arturo Cuellar's Latin Fantasy on Russian Themes written especially for this concert. Cuellar's compositions are marked with energy, virtuosity and humour in a unique style which combine classical and jazz elements with folk music. Also on the programme, is Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Sextet in D minor for Strings, Op. 70 arranged for String Orchestra and in the second half, many of BG's much-loved songs including Enchanted by You, Word of the Dove, Rain Coloured Sky and To My Star amongst others.