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Program Twelve • Symphonic Poetry and Spirituality in the Silver Age

August 14, 2022

Add to Calendar2022-08-14 5:00 pm2022-08-14 5:00 pmEDTProgram Twelve • Symphonic Poetry and Spirituality in the Silver AgeFisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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The decades before the Revolution saw a cultural flourishing in Russia, notable for its spiritual and intellectual currents in poetry, painting and music. 

Program 12 revisits this fruitful period with grand-scale choral symphonies by two of its leading lights: former classmates Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. A visionary mystic who died at just 43, Scriabin believed in the transformative power of art, as expressed in his original text for his Wagnerian, six-movement First Symphony.

By contrast, Rachmaninoff was notoriously satirized by Stravinsky as “six foot two inches of Russian gloom,” and The Bells offers a more apocalyptic vision. However, the work— Rachmaninoff’s favorite of his own compositions—concludes in the major mode, its warm string melody suggesting serenity and hope.

4 pm Preconcert Talk
5 pm Performance: 
Mané Galoyan, soprano; Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano; Viktor Antipenko, tenor; Ethan Vincent, baritone; Bard Festival Chorale / James Bagwell, choral director; The Orchestra Now / Leon Botstein, music director

Aleksandr Scriabin (1872–1915)
Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 26 (1900)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
The Bells, Op. 35 (1913)


The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Estimated run time is 1 hour and 52 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission

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