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The Virtuosos of Moscow, world-renowned chamber orchestra, has toured entire Russia in honor of its 25th establishment anniversary
Peaking the jubilee concerts was a gala at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall. It brilliantly demonstrated public love for the Virtuosos surviving all through those years and undying VIP attention for the orchestra-suffice it to mention Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first President, attending. The concert program proved once again an evergreen spectacular quality of renditions, which has ever been the Virtuosos' trademark. All those enthusiastic details come from concert coverage by the Moscow-based Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Led and conducted by celebrated Vladimir Spivakov, the orchestra has thoroughly updated its performers-a mere six are appearing with it now of the musicians who stood at its cradle. The orchestra, however, has stayed its original inimitable self. Opening the concert was a symphony by Luigi Boccherini, 18th century Italian composer. Subtitled "Casa dei diabolo", it is one of the pieces the orchestra plays most often. Sergei Nakaryakov came as sensation of the evening. French bugler of Russian extraction-he comes from Nizhni Novgorod on the Volga, Sergei proved worthy of his unofficial title of "the Paganini of the Bugle". The excellent performer impressed all with his graceful aristocratic spontaneity in a solo of unbelievable technical sophistication in Joseph Jean Baptiste Laurent Arban's "The Carnival of Venice". Denis Matsuyev was soloing Vladimir Spivakov's First Concerto for the piano. It was a typical Matsuyev rendition, with cascades of chords and amazingly quick passages, and finished with his jazz improvisation on the "Happy Birthday" theme-something Denis does at every Moscow music jubilee. Following the concerto was a piece of travesty Soviet pageantry. A red flag decorated with Joseph Stalin's profile appeared on the stage to add style to Dmitri Shostakovich's "Anti-Formalist Farce", a scathing musical parody of Soviet art ideologists' stilted rhetoric. The concert culminated in a sweeping cancan as mini-skirted dancers made a thunderbolt appearance-they had been hiding all through the evening, crouched behind the performers' music stands. Maestro Spivakov is promising another, informal concert tomorrow night, April 21, at the Moscow Music House
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