XXIII International Moscow Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" - Russia
With participation of
the federal agency of culture, Russian Gnessin Academy of Music and the
Friedrich Lips Fund the traditional XXI International Festival “Bayan and
bayanists” took place in the concert hall of the Russian Gnessin Academy of
Music in Moscow from December 14 to 18, 2011.
In the opening concert laureats of international competitions 2011
were acclaimed by the public: N. Bolotin, K. Tarabrina, A. Verentennikov, P.
Zyabko, A. Kolomytsev, A. Kriklivy, R. Batalov, I. Puriz and Samgar. In the
occasion of the 60th jubilee of A. Kholminov’s legendary “Suite” S.
Osokin was performing this famous work of the bayan repertoire any accordionist
is familiar with, whether by playing or listening to it. Russia’s People’s
Artist A. Belyayev was celebrating his 80th anniversary this year. He
has been introducing the electronic bayan to the concert stage and, besides
other activities, did a lot of first performances of well-known works by among
others Shenderyov, Repnikov and Vlassov. E. Akhanov, A. Sysoyev and the quartet
“Admiral” (M. Tchernov, cond.) were performing in his honor.
S. Gubaidulina, Russia’s world-known contemporary composer,
celebrated her 80th birthday on October, 24th. After
Friedrich Lips having performed her new concert “Fachwerk” at a so-called
“Gubaidulina festival” held in Moscow in the end of November, a concert was
dedicated to her during the bayan festival. V. Volkov (bayan), R. Samuruyev
(violin) and A. Suslin (double-bass) performed some of her works such as among
others “De profundis”, “Et exspecto”, “In croce” and “Silenzio”, which surely
have become part of our standard repertoire in the meantime.
In the occasion of his 65th anniversary M. Imchanitsky
gave a lecture dealing with articulation and intonation on the modern bayan
illustrated on the instrument by the author himself. L. Lavrov (“Sonata” for
bayan) and a string quartet of the Shnittke College were performing works by the
Y. Medyanik, winner of the Moscow bayan competition in 2000, was
born in a musical family so that he already developed many musical skills in his
early years. Nowadays he is forming different projects showing his huge range
from baroque to contemporary music passing by the argentine tango. In his
festival concert he was performing works by J.S. Bach together with cellist B.
artist of Russia and internationally renowned bayanist from St. Petersburg,
celebrated his 60th birthday by performing a very well chosen
programme acclaimed by the public enthusiastically. His son Vitaly performed O.
Sharov’s arrangement of J. Strauß’ “On the blue Danube” and also served as an
excellent duo partner.
According to the tradition of the bayan festival one concert is
dedicated to bayanists representing a specific region of Russia. This time
accordionist/bayanists from the city of Saratov (famous bayanist I. Panitsky’s
homeland, by the way) were highlighted to show their big musicianship and
excellent technique in both solo and ensemble performances.
The absolute highlight of the whole festival – not only because of
the completely filled concert hall of the Gnessin Music Academy – was the final
concert with “Klezmer reloaded” and “Klaus Paier trio” from Austria.
Maciej Golebiovski and Alexander
Shevchenko met in Vienna (Austria) and brought distinguished classical training
from Poland and Russia with them. In Austria they were confronted by diverse,
and for them new, musical worlds and their paths crossed many times through
various performances. They had a lot of fun making music together and quickly
found common ground – in huge enthusiasm and endless inspiration. These two
open-minded musicians make use of their broad musical background and create
their own art of klezmer in every concert. They base their musical expression on
improvisation and the connection of elements of Ukrainian folk music with jazz,
classic, funky and oriental sounds right up to contemporary music. Golebiovski’s
clarinet becomes lost in furious improvisations and Shevchenko’s accordion
answers with densely woven solos that never really want to end. The result: a
program full of stylistic surprises
bass/percussion is a combination of instruments, which can be found rather
rarely. Nevertheless the KLAUS PAIER TRIO is celebrated world-wide and the
public enthusiastically praises the outstanding musicality of the ensemble. In
Klaus Paier’s compositions all those influences and style elements appear the
accordionist in the course of his past career was confronted with: the complex
spontaneity of jazz, the lively passion of Tango Nuevo, the disciplined moment
of European classical period, the multi-sided tradition of European folk music.
With an almost natural devotion he plumbs the different facets of this music
Surely a historical
moment when CIA Vice-President Herbert Scheibenreif presented the CIA Merit
Award to bayan legend Anatoly Vladimirovitch Belyayev for his outstanding
contributions to the development of the accordion in the occasion of his 80th
birthday on March, 21 2011.
According to the
tradition (since 1993) the “SILVER DISCs” were conferred to accordionists/bayanists
A. Ledenyov, V. Golubnichy, V. Lomako and K. Paier for their merits in the
bayan art. Exhibitions and presentations of musical instruments of chief world
producers took place in the foyer of the concert hall Russian Gnessin Academy of
Music throughout the festival.