Russian Concerts at the Brunel Museum – Maria Gulik and Victor Maslov

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2nd March 2017 @ 19:30 – 21:00 Europe/London Timezone
Thames Tunnel Shaft (Brunel Museum)
Railway Ave
London SE16
Tickets from £20
020 7231 3840

Russian Concerts – Maria Gulik and Victor Maslov

Maria Gulik and Victor Maslov, mezzo-soprano and piano start a spring series of stunning Russian piano concerts located in the beautiful Grand Entrance Hall of Brunel Museum. Set in an atmospheric, underground tunnel shaft, almost like an underground cathedral, this is a totally unique experience.

Rachmaninov. 8 Etudes-Tableaux, Opus33 Victor Maslov

First of two sets of piano études composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff. They were intended to be “picture pieces”, essentially “musical evocations of external visual stimuli”. But Rachmaninoff did not disclose what inspired each one, stating: “I do not believe in the artist that discloses too much of his images. Let [the listener] paint for themselves what it most suggests.”[1] However, he willingly shared sources for a few of these études with the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi when Respighi orchestrated them in 1930.

Mussorgsky. The Songs and the dances of Death

Songs and Dances of Death (Russian: Pesni i plyaski smerti) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, written in the mid-1870s, to poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov, a relative of the composer. The song cycle is considered Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in the genre.
Mussorgsky composed this work just seven years before his own early passing. Wasted by alcoholism and alone in life, Mussorgsky conjured the specter of death up as a figure of numerous guises: as the nanny who rocks a sick child into eternal sleep, as a lover who serenades a dying elderly lady under her window, as a dancing partner who lulls a drunken peasant to stumble to his death in the enfolding snow and as a General commanding the armies of both sides in a bloody battle.
Shostakovich, well known for his morbid disposition, was a great admirer of the cycle. His only complaint was that there weren’t enough songs, inspiring him to write his Fourteenth Symphony on a similar conception.

Marfas arias from “Kchovanshina”

Mussorgsky’s unfinished historical epic about the Khovansky Affair (the savage political struggle in late 17th century Russia that ushered in the rule of the Emperor Peter the Great). It contains some of Mussorgsky’s most beautiful and inspired music, but the composer never managed to finish it and orchestrated only a few small fragments. It is therefore unperformable as it stands.

Rimsky-Korsakov made a long famous performing version, in which he cut and reordered the material to his own tastes. But this is Shostakovich’s version, which has become the standard text for performance.

Russian concerts take place every 1st Thursday of the month

The venue: Brunel Museum Sinking Shaft

The Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum

The Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum

This atmospheric, underground tunnel shaft is a totally unique experience

Part of the fascinating Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, this place is like an extraordinary underground cathedral. The performance area is an incredible cylindrical shaft built by Brunel as pedestrian entrance to the Thames Tunnel. This is a unique and atmospheric show. New improved access by ramp and full height doorway gives to a staircase down to the lower chamber. A viewing platform high inside the shaft offers balcony seating for a limited number of people: priority given to those with impaired mobility or using a wheelchair. S

Facilities at this venue include:

  • Toilets in the main museum
  • Museum
  • Café  and Art Galley open every day
  • Midnight Apothecary pop up bar (weekends only)

Please note that the temperature in the tunnel shaft may be cool, so bring some warm clothes. If you have a problem with stairs please let the company know and they can book you seats in the high level viewing platform.  @BrunelMuseum  BrunelMuseum



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