This is a livestreaming Groupmuse Virtual Concert
A live virtual performance with community videochat and a Q&A with the artists.
Romance & Reverie
Sun, August 30, 2020 11:00 AM, EDT
The sweetest dreams are those dreamt in morning... such dreams are real and intense; recalled more vividly than dreams of the night.
Join us at summer's end on the Sunday morning of August 30th at 11am (ET) as we begin the day with an unforgettable musical journey broadcast in HD from the beautiful, historical Cloister of the medieval San Francesco Church in the commune of Grosseto, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.
Soprano Natalia Pavlova and pianists Gala Chistiakova and Diego Benocci will draw us into a world of sweet reverie with lullabies, romances and arias by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, in tribute to the composer's 180th birthday. Pavlova will then sing songs set to the beautiful poetry of Vera Pavlova, translated in English by Steven Seymour. Diego and Gala will also perform piano for 4 hands to round out the morning.
A professional quality recording of the performance will also be available two days after the event for those who RSVP on Groupmuse.com.
S.V Rachmaninov :
Vocalise in transcription for 4 hands and voice
"A Dream" (op.8,N 5) after Pleshcheev
"We shall rest" (op. 26, N3) after A. Chehov's "Uncle Vania"
Aria of Francesca from opera "Francesca da Rimini" "Do not cry, my Paolo"
"Do not sing, my Beauty" (op 4.N4)
after A. S. Pushkin
P.I.Tchaikovsky. (180 years from Birthday)
Mazurka from the ballet "The Swan Lake", op.20 (4 hands piano duo, arr.Y.Komalkov)
"Why" (op. 6) after L. Mey
"Lullaby in a Storm "( op. 53 N10) after Pleshcheev
"Sleep, my Sad Friend" (op. 47 N4) after A. Tolstoy's
"Wether Day reigns" (op. 47 N6) after Apuchtin's
Moscow and Rome-based soprano Natalia Pavlova (who is a descendant of Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin) has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Moscow Chaikovsky State Conservatory, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), and many others throughout the world. Active in performing music from antiquity to today, she was a soloist for 6 years in the Moscow theater School of Dramatic Art, directed by Anatoly Vasiliev. Natalia has sung world premiere performances and recordings of works by composers Giovanni Sollima, Venus Rey and Iraida Yusupova, composed specially for her voice, as well as pieces by Vladimir Martynov. She serves on Artistic Council of The First Cultural International Festival, Russian-Rome, Palazzo Poli in Rome, and was recently awarded the Silver Lion at the Narnia International Festival, as well as the International "Clean Sound" Award.
Italian pianist Diego Benocci was born in 1992 in Grosseto, began his musical studies at the Music Institute of his city with Maestro Giuliano Schiano. In 2011 Diego has been graduated with the highest marks at the Conservatory "G.Frescobaldi" of Ferrara. In 2017, he finished the degree course at the State Conservatory "L.Cherubini" of Florence in the class of Prof. Maria Teresa Carunchio and International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" of Imola under the guidance of Maestro Enrico Pace and Maestro Igor Roma. In the formative years, he took part at piano courses from such a great musicians like Franco Scala, Stefano Fiuzzi, Laura Richaud, Carlo Maria Dominici, Pier Narciso Masi.
He regularly gives concerts over Italy, Germany and Russia, participates in events as a soloist, chamber musician and plays with orchestras for important festivals like “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” in Florence, “The Musical Tuesday of Carispezia Foundation” in La Spezia, “The Festival of two worlds” in Spoleto , “Symphonic Space" in Brescia, "Season of Rotary Foundation”, "Festival of Nations” in Rome, “Order of the Knights of Malta” in Rome, “Piceno Classica" in San Benedetto del Tronto, "Piano City" in Milano, “PianoGalerie” in Berlin, "Season of Transbaikal Regional Philarmonic" in Cita, Concert Seasons at Scriabin Museum and State Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Season of ALTAI State Philarmony in Barnaul, Season of Kuzbass State Philarmony in Kemerovo and other philharmonics of Russia: Ulan Ude, Tver, Lipetsk, Archangelsk. He collaborates with orchestras such as the ALTAI State Symphony Orchestra, Grosseto Symphony Orchestra,"C.Cavalieri" Chamber Orchestra, “Berliner Camerata”, "Toscana Classica" Symphony Orchestra and conductors like Dmitry Luzin, Giancarlo De Lorenzo, Massimo Merone, Olga Pak, Takahiro Nagasaki, Valentino Zangara and others.
He frequently plays in a duo with the Russian pianist Gala Chistiakova.
Since March of 2014 he is testimonial artist of “Cure2Children” Foundation, which supports children suffering from blood diseases and cancer. Diego is the artistic director of the International Music Festival "Recondite Armonie" in Tuscany and of Cultural Project "Young Musicians of Russia".
Russian pianist Gala Chistiakova is a prizewinner of more than 30 International Competitions. Among them - Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, IPC in Memory of Emil Gilels in Odessa, Scriabin IPC in Moscow, “Maria Callas Grand Prix” in Athens, Andorra IPC, Concerto IPC in China, F.Busoni IPC in Italy and others.
She was born in 1987 in Moscow into a musical family. She started her piano studies at 3 years old with her mother Liubov Chistiakova. From 1993 to 2005 she studied at The Central Music School under the Moscow Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky with Professors H.Khoven and A.Ryabov. In 2014 Gala finished Moscow Conservatory and postgraduate course in a class of Professor M.Voskresensky. In 2011 she started her studies at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” (class of Professor Boris Petrushansky) and migrated to Italy.
Since 2000 Gala traveled, playing solo and with symphonic orchestras, in concerts over Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Czech, Belarus, Ukraine, Finland, Japan, Greece, Andorra, Spain, Monaco, Norway, United Kingdom, Portugal. She has also performed on various TV and Radio programs, recorded CD with “KNS Classical” (Fazioli), “ACOUSENS records” (Shigeru Kawai) and 3 CD with “OnClassical” (Steinway & Sons). Gala has also been worked several times as a member of the jury at youth and international piano competitions. She has a huge repertoire from baroque to modern of concerts with orchestra, solo and chamber music. Gala’s main piano duo partners are her sister Irina Chistiakova and her husband Diego Benocci.
Since 2012, she is based in Italy (Grosseto, Tuscany) and she has been on the Board of Directors of Cultural Association “Recondite Armonie”. In 2020 Gala has become an Ambassador of the “BeMuse” Performing Arts Foundation of Great Britain.