“Eugenie Svetlanov is the composer”, concert-monograph (2010)

The project is a part of the 1st Slavic Forum of Nikolay Burliaev «Golden Knight»

Date: June 8, 2010


Moscow, Fifth concert studio of the State Houseof Broadcasting and Recorded Sound (Malaya Nikitskaya Street, Building 24).

The author and project organizer – Elena Tarasova

The executive producers of the project – Ekaterina Gogoleva, Andrey Zhelezny

The main partner of the project:

The company “Creative Experimental studio» (

The main information partners of the project:

The newspaper “Music Review» (

Radio station “Orpheus” (99.2 MHz, (

The magazine “Russian Art” (electronic version, www.

The newspaper “Evening Moscow» (

Web discussion forum “Classic» (

Media Partners:

The newspaper “Music Klondike» (

The newspaper “Dosug in Moscow» (

Literary magazine “Erfolg” (online media,

Information and Research Database “Russian Shakespeare” (online media,

Personal site of artist A. Tikhomirov (

Project partner:

Printing company “Offset-Express» (

Official site of the

Project’s Goals and Objectives:

• Attracting public attention to the works of Evgeny Svetlanov

• Expanding repertoire performers

• Inclusion Evgeny Svetlanov’s Works in the context of contemporary music culture

• The development of music education community, preserving the traditions and promoting the national heritage of the country

• Raising awareness of the public and professionals to study and create the performing interpretations of Evgeny Svetlanov’s composer heritage

The necessity and urgency of the project:

Evgeny Svetlanov – National USSR Artist, Hero of Socialist Labor, laureate of Lenin and State Prizes of the USSR and the RSFSR, conductor, composer, pianist, author – a unique creative genius, which heritage was the national treasure of our country. However, both specialists and the general public still does not know all the aspects of his career.

After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in two specialties – opera and symphonic conducting and composition – he saw his mission as a composer and conductor activity was the tune of his intention to “restore to life unjustly forgotten works, all the Russian classics at first.”

“Talent of Svetlanov as the composer is deep, truly Russian, developing in the traditions of Russian art,” – said composer Yuri Shaporin about his student.

E. Svetlanov, “Now rehearsing his symphony in Stockholm (I never did that before), listening to the recordings of my other compositions, I have come to the conclusion that I have lived the wrong life. God gave me the talent of the composer, and I did not develop, and I think that is a great sin. But this already is not possible to correct, alas … “(Stockholm – Moscow.” Nezavisimaya Gazeta “, the electronic version. No. 164 (1735), 05 September 1998).

Composing activity of Svetlanov was periodic, but full-blown. Despite the close relationship with Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Rodion Shchedrin, the style of his music is very different from his famous contemporaries: he thought about himself like quite “conservative” and based his music on folk motives and conclusively disarming emotional immediacy.

“My composer activity continues the great tradition of Russian music. And so it may seem today like conservative, but I don’t worry about the future generation: the interest in music of Myaskovsky and Medtner is appeared now. This leads me to believe that my music expects the same fate. I like the vast melodic arch, bright, rich harmonies and the resulting from it polyphonic or vice versa, like in Mahler’s work – he is the favorite composer of my life. On the other hand, the rhythm of my compositions is simple and it is subjected to my compositions’s tunes. In this area I managed to find my own style, it’s a little bit in the manner of Myaskovsky, but without sharp chords like Shostakovich have,and you learn recognize it from the first sounds … ”

From an interview of Evgeny Svetlanov (Repertoire, France. Interviewed by Pascal Brissot).

The initiative of playing the monokontsert “E. Svetlanov is the composer ” was first manifested by the young musicians, graduators of the Moscow Conservatory, the winners of the international competitions, soloists of the concert organizations in Moscow. This initiative shows the interest of creative young people to expand the boundaries in understanding the musical item “Svetlanov”, the desire to study and promote his musical heritage, including works in the concert’s repertoire, desire to follow educational Svetlanov’s events, opening the new music to the public. Nina Nikolaeva-Svetlanova supported this initiative.

Participants of the project:

Laureate of international competitions,

Commander of the Silver Order «Service to Art» II degree

Viatcheslav Valees (conductor)

Laureate of international competitions

Igor Eryomin (baritone)

Laureate of international competitions

Nadezhda Palitsyna (violin)

Laureate of international competitions,

author and project organizer

Elena Tarasova (piano)

Symphony Orchestra of the Department of opera and symphony conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky

Artistic director and conductor – Honored Artist of Russia A. Levin.

The concert will be conducted by Natalia Renyova.

June 8, 2010

12.00 – Flowers placingat at the grave of E. Svetlanov at Vagankovskoe cemetery.

19.00 – Fifth concert studio of the State House of Broadcasting and Recording.

Concert “Evgeny Svetlanov is the composer.”

The concert program

Part I

Introduction – Honored Artist of Russia Petr Merkurjev

E. Svetlanov

Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Pushkin.

№ 1 Sonatina for Violin and Piano G-dur

Part II

Introduction – People’s Artist of the USSR Vasily Lanovoi.

«Daugava», a symphonic Latvian topic’s poem

Concerto c-moll for Piano and Orchestra.

1. Andante sostenuto

2. Allegro non troppo

Official site of the project –