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Hermitage Ensemble - Russian Singers
Fri 31 March 2017, 20:00 – 22:00 BST
Members of the Ensemble are chosen from amongst the finest soloists includes soloists in St. Petersburg including the members of the Kirov Opera, Maly Opera Theatre and St. Petersburg Concert. Each singer has a passionate commitment to Russian music, but also an extensive repertoire that includes music written by the great classical composers of Western Europe.
Their concert will include motets and liturgical settings from the Eastern Church written within the last 300 years, together with Russian folk songs that display a range of emotions and, with their rhythms and melodies, convey all that is characteristic of the great ‘Russian Soul’.
The concert takes place in the beautiful historic church of St Peter's Rawdon established in the mid 15th Century.
Sample Music from Hermitage Ensemble
Russian folk song: Twelve Robbers
(Dvenadzat Razboinikov) There was a robber Kudeyar who was a leader of a gang and through his misdeeds brought much evil to the people. But later he repented and left for a monastery. He became a monk. We hear this songs as a legend from an old monk and learn at the end that the singer himself used to be Kudeyar.
The Eternal council
Pavel Tschesnokov solo by countertenor
Ukrainian song - Bandura
Song of old Bursha
(music by Michael Ippolitov-Ivanov) solo by bassoprofundo.
Russian folk song: Those Evening Bells
(Vecherny Zvon) - words by Thomas Moore. Youth comes to an end, and then life comes to an end. Only bells can be heard as before.
O Sole Mio-Di Capua
Russian Orthodox music 1
Russian Orthodox music 2
Russian Orthodox music 3
Magnification of Epiphany
Serbian chant - solo by countertenor
Free Bonus Cutural experience : Before the performance from 7.00pm to 7.45 pm there will be a free reading of the Poems of John Donne. Readers to include Geoff Druett (former presentor on Yorkshire TV's Calendar), Martin Kelly (local actor), Dr Janet Kelly (historian) Sue Giatoni (story teller) Peter Marsh (former head teacher and educational consultant) Rev Mark Smith and Dr Angela Birkin.
Poems will include John Donne's earlier erotic poems ,and his later Spiritual poems and meditations includingThe Good Morrow * The Flea * The Canonisation * Batter my heart , three person’d God * Meditation xvii from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (No man is an Island, entire of itself) * Death be not proud