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26 January , 13:39

Bashkiria State Orchestra will present Isaac Schwartz's concert premiere

The National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic, under the baton of Chief Conductor, Honored Artist of the Republic Dmitry Kryukov, will perform a concert for the orchestra by Isaac Schwartz, the legendary Soviet and Russian composer. His music is heard in films familiar to everyone: from The Brothers Karamazov and The White Sun of the Desert to Akira Kurosawa's meditative films. The Ufa premiere of the concert will take place on January 26 at the Bashkortostan Concert Hall.

Work on the concerto for the orchestra “Yellow Stars. Purim in the Ghetto” was completed by the composer in 2000. The idea of this essay came to him under the impression of the story of one of the prisoners of the Kaunas ghetto about the merry Purim holiday celebrated there, which became “a holiday with a rope around the neck”. The composition is dedicated to the outstanding musician, our countryman, maestro Vladimir Spivakov. The work has been repeatedly performed by various creative groups, including the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia conducted by Spivakov.

According to the composer himself, this work is a paradoxical story in 7 parts, something like a holiday in the ghetto, where grief and suffering behind a wall and barbed wire still cannot prevent Jews from celebrating what is dear and vital to them. The finely woven musical fabric of the "Yellow Stars" is a real symphonic masterpiece and a kaleidoscope of the most profound human emotions and feelings that it will be possible for listeners to experience during a live performance and take away in their hearts a piece of the incredible grit inherent in the work, - the head of the press services of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic Lara Shipanova, said to Bashinform News Agency.

“The scale of this music is difficult to overestimate, as well as the scale of that immense tragedy that formed the basis of the symphony. “Yellow Stars” by Isaac Schwartz will be performed in Ufa for the first time: I am sure that this musical revelation will become not only an opportunity to touch the embodied beauty of sound but also better to understand the obvious truths of good and evil, to open in your souls a source of great strength and wisdom,” — says People's Artist of the Republic, General Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic Artur Naziullin.

Author: Leyla Aralbaeva

Translated by:Tatyana Aksyutina
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