Russian Chamber orchestra plays summer serenades

Do you love classical music how Russian counts did? A collection of serenades is being performed by the Russian Chamber orchestra Kremlin at Moscow's Kuskovo estate. Having the concerts fully booked organizers show that the audience has starved for this genre.
The 18th century Kuskovo estate, a former summer residence of the Counts Sheremetev is said to be a perfect venue for musical events.

The "Serenades in Kuskovo" festival is the brainchild of conductor Misha Rakhlevsky. Playing not only classical music he has a reputation of the most "informal" among Moscow's groups. But his talent is indubitable.

He began his musical career 40 years ago as a violinist. Rakhlevsky used to perform with orchestras in the Soviet Union and then in Spain and the US. 15 years ago he exchanged a violin bow to conductor's baton to head the Kremlin orchestra.

The serenade celebrations feature twenty works by composers from different countries and different centuries.

Rakhlevsky thinks it is high time to revive the public's interest in this romantic genre.

The programme includes Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorzhak and less known and rarely performed composers, such as Samuel Barber and Hugo Wolf.

The concert series will run at the estate's Grand Palace until the 30th of August.


Watchan interview with the mastermind of the project - Misha Rakhlevsky.

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