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Russian National Orchestra Festival at the Bolshoi. Russian National Orchestra Patron Trip: Golden Autumn in Russia
07 September 2009 - 13 September 2009

SCHEDULE 07 September 2009 - 13 September 2009

The debut of the RNO Festival at the Bolshoi Theater promises glorious music in concerts led by founder and principal conductor Mikhail Pletnev. Programs feature British clarinetist Michael Collins, pianist Stephen Hough, the Moscow Academy of Choral Art, American piano prodigy Conrad Tao in his Russian debut, and new choreography by ballet great Vladimir Vasiljev of composer Gordon Gettys Ancestor Suite all accompanied by the incomparable RNO.

Russian National Orchestra Festival at the Bolshoi. Russian National Orchestra Patron Trip: Golden Autumn in Russia
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The debut of the RNO Festival at the Bolshoi Theater promises glorious music in concerts led by founder and principal conductor Mikhail Pletnev. Programs feature British clarinetist Michael Collins, pianist Stephen Hough, the Moscow Academy of Choral Art, American piano prodigy Conrad Tao in his Russian debut, and new choreography by ballet great Vladimir Vasiljev of composer Gordon Gettys Ancestor Suite all accompanied by the incomparable RNO.

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"They played with such captivating beauty that the audience let out an involuntary sigh of pleasure."
Evening Standard, London

"...as close to perfect as one could hope for."
Trinity Mirror

"breathtakingly beautiful."
Classic CD

"[The RNO is] easily the greatest Russian orchestra of today."
The Journal, Newcastle

"...an awe-inspiring experience. Should human beings be able to play like this?"
Gramophone

The Russian National Orchestra began as a courageous demonstration of artistic freedom during the Soviet regime. Now, 20 years later, a panel of international critics has named the RNO one of the world's top orchestras (Gramophone, December 2008) the only Moscow ensemble to be so honored, the youngest by far and the only European orchestra on the list that is independent of the government. Described by the Miami Herald as a living symbol of the best in Russian art and by International Piano as the most important cultural story of our time, the RNO has graced international stages since 1990, and has received numerous honors, including the French Diapason d'or, the German Echo Klassik Award and a Grammy Award.


Founder and artistic leader - Mikhail Pletnev.

The Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere. Of the orchestra's 1996 debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, "They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure." More recently, they were described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art" (Miami Herald) and "as close to perfect as one could hope for" (Trinity Mirror). Russian National Orchestra Festival at the Bolshoi. Russian National Orchestra Patron Trip: Golden Autumn in Russia
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The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international tour schedule, appearing in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Guest artists performing with the RNO on tour include conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert, Carlo Ponti and Patrick Summers, and soloists Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang, Pinchas Zukerman, Sir James Galway, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Steven Isserlis, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Simone Kermes and Renee Fleming, among many others. Popular with radio audiences worldwide, RNO concerts are regularly aired by National Public Radio in the United States and by the European Broadcasting Union.

Gramophone magazine called the first RNO CD (1991) "an awe-inspiring experience; should human beings be able to play like this?" and listed it as the best recording of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique in history. Since then, the orchestra has made more than 60 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and PentaTone Classics, distinguishing the RNO as the only Russian ensemble with long-standing relationships with these prestigious labels, as well as additional discs with many other record companies. Conductors represented in the RNO discography include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Principal Guest Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Alexander Vedernikov and Paavo Berglund. Russian National Orchestra Festival at the Bolshoi. Russian National Orchestra Patron Trip: Golden Autumn in Russia
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The RNO's recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Beintus's Wolf Tracks, conducted by Kent Nagano and narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, received a 2004 Grammy Award, making the RNO the first Russian orchestra to win the recording industry's highest honor. A Spanish language version narrated by Antonio Banderas was released in 2007, following a Russian version narrated by actors Oleg Tabakov and Sergei Bezrukov, with Mandarin and other editions to follow.

The orchestra's Shostakovich cycle on PentaTone Classics is widely acclaimed as the most exciting cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies to be put down on disc, and easily the best recorded. (SACD.net)

A regular visitor to the Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Rheingau festivals, the RNO is also the founding orchestra of Napa Valley Festival del Sole, Festival of the Arts BOCA in Florida, and the Singapore Sun Festival, and resident orchestra for multiple seasons of the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. The RNO will launch its own annual festival in 2009, which will be held at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater.

The RNO is unique among the principal Russian ensembles as a private institution funded with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations in Russia and throughout the world. In recognition of both its artistry and path-breaking structure, the Russian Federation recently awarded the RNO the first ever grant to a non-government orchestra.



SCHEDULE 07 September 2009 - 13 September 2009



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