The VII International Festival named after S. Rachmaninov “White Lilac” ended in Kazan
Photo by Denis Gordiyko
June 7, Mikhail Chentsov). The VII International Festival named after S.
Rachmaninov “White Lilac” was held in the capital of Tatarstan, in which four
concerts with brilliant musicians and young talents took place in Kazan. The
final concert of one of the main musical events of the city was visited by the
Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin and his wife.
the main characters of the festival were the State Symphony Orchestra of the RT
under the conduction of Alexander Sladkovsky, an Honored Artist of Russia, and
Denis Matsuev, the pianist-virtuoso, a People's Artist of Russia. At the
concluding concert, A. Sladkovsky and his orchestra appeared on the stage of
the Great State Concert Hall named after S. Saidashev first. Musicians
performed the solemn overture “1812” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky under the expressive
waving of the conductor's baton. A special feature in the performance of this
work was the ringing of bells, which were specially cast for the festival by
the order of the maestro. Heroic and lofty music literally carried the whole
audience to 205 years ago, presenting the tragic events of the Patriotic War of
1812 to the imagination of listeners.
deafening ovations to the first performers, Denis Matsuev appeared on the
stage. The pianist with a truly world name has proved that his glory is not
accidental. The virtuoso of his work performed the Concerto №2 by Sergei
Rachmaninov to the accompaniment of the State Symphony Orchestra of the RT,
conducted by A. Sladkovsky. The applause was loud and did not cease for a long
At the end
of the evening, the Kazan audience was presented with a symphony by S.
Rachmaninov “The Bells” for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The Mystery of the
four passages carried the listeners into a dizzying story, in which every guest
of the festival found something close in spirit, inexpressible in words, but
understandable by feelings. The choir on the stage of the Great State Concert
Hall was presented by students of the Kazan State Conservatoire named after N.
Zhiganov under the leadership of V. Lukyanov. After the last played note, the
auditorium did not let the musicians go for a long time, lavishing them in a
International Festival named after Sergei Rachmaninov “White Lilac” is held in
the capital of Tatarstan since 2011. One of the main goals of the music event
is the popularization of the famous composer’s work, who twice visited Kazan
with the inspection of musical institutions (in 1910 and 1916), and was also
friendly terms with Fyodor Shalyapin, the famous opera singer and the native of