Years of travel Svyatoslav Richter. England - America automatic translate
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Мемориальная квартира Святослава Рихтера
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Pushkin Museum to them. A.S. Pushkin in the Memorial apartment of Svyatoslav Richter presents the exhibition “The years of wandering of Svyatoslav Richter. England - America, dedicated to the travels of an outstanding pianist in England and America. The exposition is based on Richter’s art postcards, brought from cities where concerts, letters sent to friends, as well as photographs took place. In addition to archival materials, viewers will also see engravings, portraits and theatrical sketches. There are more than 150 items on display that recreate the real picture of the pianist’s travels.
Svyatoslav Richter is one of the most virtuosic pianists of the 20th century. During his life he founded several music festivals, including the famous “December Nights” in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin, where he performed with well-known contemporary musicians - cellists Mstislav Rostropovich and Natalia Gutman, violinist Oleg Kagan, violist Yuri Bashmet.
In 2017, the Svyatoslav Richter Memorial Apartment began a three-year cycle of programs related to the life of a pianist, “Years of Journey,” which combined the themes of lectures, concerts, performances and exhibitions. The current program as a “continuation of wanderings” is associated with Richter’s travels in England and America.
In October 1960, Richter set out on a three-month tour of the United States of America, and in July 1961, he first performed in England, giving concerts in London, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford and other cities. He came to America twice more, but the triumphal tours of 1960 had a special meaning in his biography. Both countries were for Richter the first "discoveries" of the West. An important section of the exhibition is devoted to pianist contacts with famous musicians and, above all, Richter’s personal and creative friendship with the eminent English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).
The exhibition will feature prints depicting the old English city of Oldborough (from the archive of B. Britten), portraits of composers whose works by Richter and Britten were performed together at the festival in Oldborough (W. Mozart, F. Schubert, R. Schumann and K. Debussy), as well as sketches of scenery and costumes for the famous and iconic productions of Britten’s operas in Moscow from 1965 to 2003 (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, GABT 1965; “Let’s Create an Opera”, Moscow Chamber Theater of BA Pokrovsky 1974; “Albert Herring” and “Turn of the Screw”, KS Stanislavsky Music Theater, 2003; “Decabr “Evenings”, 1983–1984. In addition, viewers will see very rare objects: for example, one of the last lifetime portraits of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Joseph Grassi.
An audio recording of the correspondence fragments of Sviatoslav Richter and his wife Nina Dorliak with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pierce, which was attended by actors from Moscow theaters, was made specially for the exhibition. The famous pianist Boris Berezovsky played the role of Richter.
The audience will also see three multimedia films that include rare footage of Britten’s operas in England and Moscow, as well as a unique newsreel: London 1960–1970s, Britten’s visits to Moscow, fragments of concerts, and the festival in Oldborough, where Richter and Britten play together, rare footage from the life of the composer.
Materials for the exhibition were provided by: A.S. Pushkin, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pierce Foundation in Aldborough, Russian National Museum of Music, A.A. Bakhrushina, State Academic Bolshoi Theater, Moscow Academic Musical Theater named. K.S. Stanislavsky and V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko, Moscow State Academic Chamber Music Theater named after B.A. Pokrovsky, Russian State Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents (Krasnogorsk), as well as theater artist Alona Pikalova.