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August 10–12 and 17–19, 2018

rimsky-korsakov and his world The Bard Music Festival was founded in 1990 to promote new ways of understanding and presenting the history of music to a contemporary audience. Each year, a single composer is chosen as the main subject. The festival explores his biography, considers his influences and the consequences of his achievement, and examines all aspects of the musical culture surrounding the time and place of his life. The festival links music to the worlds of literature, painting, theater, philosophy, and politics, and brings together two kinds of audience: those with a long history of interest in concert life, and first-time listeners who find the festival an ideal place to learn about and enjoy the riches of our musical past. In its 29th season, the Bard Music Festival explores the work of composer Nikolai RimskyKorsakov (1844–1908). Join us for an exploration of the life and times of the composer who played a central role in the definition of what we know as the Russian style in music. The most assiduous and prolific of the Russian nationalist composers called the Mighty Five— Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, and César Cui were the other four—Rimsky-Korsakov developed and refined many of the ideas born in the hothouse of their collective creativity, forging a highly recognizable Russian style and passing it on to his many students. | 845-758-7900 Tickets $25–75. Panels are free and open to the public. SummerScape Coach from New York City, Programs One, Six, Nine, and Twelve; reservations required.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 1898, Valentin Serov, Private Collection; cover: Curtain design for Scheherazade, 1910, Valentin Serov, Tretykov Gallery, Moscow; back cover: costume design for Scheherazade, n.d., Léon Bakst. De Agostini Picture Library/G. Dagli Orti. Bridgeman Images


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Friday, August 10 at 5 pm in the Spiegeltent

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV AND HIS WORLD August 10–12 and 17–19, 2018


To purchase opening night dinner tickets, contact Linda Baldwin, special events manager,

weekend one

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Inventing Russian Music: The Mighty Five

Rimsky-Korsakov and His Followers

Friday, August 10

Program Seven Russian Folk Music in the Mirror of Art Music

Friday, August 17

An exploration of the use of folk materials in classical music, from the Lvov/Pratsch Collection

Program One Fashioning the Russian Sound

(1790/1806) to Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” String Quartets, through the Mighty Five to

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), Overture to May Night (1878–79); Russian Easter Festival,

Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

Overture, Op. 36 (1888); Dubinushka, Op 62 (1905); Le coq d’or Suite (c. 1908); Mikhail Glinka


(1804–57), Kamarinskaya (1848); Alexander Borodin (1833–87), Three Songs (c. 1854); César Cui

8 PM PERFORMANCE WITH COMMENTARY by Marina Frolova-Walker; with the Virtual Village

(1835–1918), from Kaleidoscope, Op. 50 (1893); Mily Balakirev (1837–1910), Islamey, Op. 18 (1869);

Ensemble; Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano; Yelena Kurdina, piano; members of the

Modest Mussorgsky (1839–81), Songs and Dances of Death (1875–77)

Daedalus Quartet, with Karen Kim, violin; Orion Weiss, piano

SOSNOFF THEATER 7:30 PM PERFORMANCE WITH COMMENTARY by Leon Botstein; with Andrey Gugnin, piano;

Saturday, August 18

Önay Köse, bass-baritone; Anna Polonsky, piano; Dongfang Ouyang, violin; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Panel Two From the Romanovs to the Revolution: Art and Politics in Russia

Saturday, August 11

A panel discussion with noted scholars, which includes a short Q&A. OLIN HALL

Panel One Russian Music before and after the Mighty Five

10 AM – NOON

A panel discussion with noted scholars, which includes a short Q&A.

Program Eight Domestic Music Making in Russia


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), Mozart and Salieri (1897) and songs; selections from Les Vendredis by Felix Blumenfeld (1863–1931), Anatoly Lyadov (1855–1914), Nicolai Sokolov

Program Two Amateurs and Professionals

(1859–1922), and Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936); arias and songs by Alexander Borodin

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), from Four Romances, Op. 2 (1866); Fugue in G Minor

(1833–87), Modest Mussorgsky (1839–81), and Mily Balakirev (1837–1910); César Cui

(1878); Mikhail Glinka (1804–57), Grand Sextet (1832); Alexander Borodin (1833–87), String

(1835–1918), from Preludes for piano, Op. 64 (1903); Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), Scherzo

Quartet No. 2 (1881); Mily Balakirev (1837–1910), Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor (1900);

from Piano Sonata in F-sharp Minor (1903–4)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–93), String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 (1871); Alexander Dargomyzhsky


(1813–69), Romances

1 PM PRECONCERT TALK Christopher H. Gibbs


1:30 PM PERFORMANCE Members of the Daedalus Quartet, with Karen Kim, violin; Danny Driver,

1 PM PRECONCERT TALK Byron Adams 1:30 PM PERFORMANCE Danny Driver, piano; Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano;

piano; Christine Taylor Price, soprano; Gerard Schneider, tenor; Mikhail Svetlov, bass; members of the Bard Festival Chorale and The Orchestra Now, conducted by Zachary Schwartzman

Yelena Kurdina, piano; Piers Lane, piano; Parker Quartet

Program Nine The Classical, the National, and the Exotic Program Three Music under Tsarist Autocracy

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888); The Snow Maiden Suite

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), Sadko, Op. 5 (1867; rev. 1869, 1892); Piano Concerto in

(1895); From Homer, Op. 60 (1901); Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813–69), Bolero (1839);

C-sharp Minor, Op. 30 (1883); Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–93), Festival Coronation March (1883);

Alexander Borodin (1833–87), In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880); Anatoly Lyadov (1855–1914),

Alexander Serov (1820–71), Selections from Judith (1863); Mily Balakirev (1837–1910),

Eight Russian Folksongs for Orchestra, Op. 58 (1905)

Tamara (1867–82); Sergey Taneyev (1856–1915), Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 12 (1901)



7 PM PRECONCERT TALK Michael Beckerman


8 PM ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE Serena Benedetti, soprano; Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano;

8 PM PERFORMANCE Orion Weiss, piano; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by

Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano; members of the Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral

Leon Botstein, music director

director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Sunday, August 12

Sunday, August 19

Program Four The Legacy of Pushkin

Program Ten Russian Choral Traditions

Works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813–69),

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–93), from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41 (1878); Alexander

Modest Mussorgsky (1839–81), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–93), Anatoly Lyadov (1855–1914),

Gretchaninoff (1864–1956), from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 13, No. 1 (1897); Serge

Mikhail Gnesin (1883–1957), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–75)

Rachmaninoff (1873–1943), from Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37 (1915); Maximilian Steinberg


(1883–1946), from Passion Week, Op. 13 (1923–27); and works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

10 AM PERFORMANCE WITH COMMENTARY by Emily Frey; with Nadezhda Babintseva,

(1844–1908), Dmitri Bortniansky (1751–1825), Alexei Lvov (1799–1870), Mily Balakirev

mezz0-soprano; Michael Katz, cello; Anna Polonsky, piano; Christine Taylor Price, soprano;

(1837–1910), Stepan Smolensky (1848–1909), and Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859–1935)

Gerard Schneider, tenor; Liza Stepanova, piano; Erika Switzer, piano; Andrey Valentiy, bass

OLIN HALL 10 AM PERFORMANCE WITH COMMENTARY by James Bagwell; with the Bard Festival Chorale,

Program Five Moscow/St. Petersburg

conducted by James Bagwell

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), Piano Trio in C Minor (1897), songs; Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–93), songs; Anton Arensky (1861–1906), String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35 (1894);

Program Eleven The Spectacular Legacy of Rimsky-Korsakov

Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936), String Quartet No. 1 in D Major (1882); Reinhold Glière

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), Firebird Suite (1910; arr. Guido Agosti); Ottorino Respighi

(1875–1956), Ballade for Cello and Piano, Op. 4 (1902)

(1879–1936), from Cinque pezzi (1906); Claude Debussy (1862–1918), Symphony in B Minor, for


piano four hands (c. 1880); Lazare Saminsky (1882–1959), Hebrew Rhapsody for violin and


piano, Op. 3, No. 2 (?1924); Mikhail Gnesin (1883–1957), Requiem, Op. 11, for piano quintet

1:30 PM PERFORMANCE Lysander Trio; Önay Köse, bass-baritone; Anna Polonsky, piano;

(?1914); Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953), from Ten Pieces, Op. 10 (1906–13); Alexander Tcherepnin

St. Petersburg String Quartet

(1899–1977), from Bagatelles for piano, Op. 5 (1912–18); Nicolai Myaskovsky (1881–1950), Cello Sonata No. 2 in A Minor (1948)

Program Six The Piano in Russia


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), from Four Pieces, Op. 11 (1876–77); Anton Rubinstein


(1829–94), Moderato from Kamennoi-Ostrow, Op 10 (1853–54); Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953),

1:30 PM PERFORMANCE Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Allegra Chapman, piano; Fei-Fei, piano;

Toccata, Op. 11 (1912); Modest Mussorgsky (1839–81), Pictures at an Exhibition (1874); Serge

members of the Daedalus Quartet, with Karen Kim, violin; Andrey Gugnin, piano;

Rachmaninoff (1873–1943), Suite No. 2, Op. 17 (1901); Alexander Scriabin (1871–1915), Piano

Piers Lane, piano

Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19 (1897); Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951), Sonata Tragica, Op. 39, No. 5 (1919–20); Vladimir Rebikov (1866–1920), from Les feuilles d’automne, Op. 29

Program Twelve The Tsar’s Bride

(?1909); Alexei Stanchinsky (1888–1914), from Sketches, Op. 1 (1911–13)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), The Tsar’s Bride (1898)



4 PM PRECONCERT TALK Halina Goldberg

3:30 PM PRECONCERT TALK Marina Frolova-Walker

4:30 PM PERFORMANCE with pianists Danny Driver, Fei-Fei, Andrey Gugnin, Piers Lane, and

4:30 PM PERFORMANCE Lyubov Petrova, soprano; Nadezhda Babintseva, mezzo-soprano;

Orion Weiss

Efim Zavalny, baritone; Andrey Valentiy, bass; Yakov Strizhak, bass-baritone; Joel Sorenson, tenor; Gerard Schneider, tenor; Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano; and others; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; designed and directed by Doug Fitch; lighting design by Anshuman Bhatia



2018 Bard Music Festival Brochure  
2018 Bard Music Festival Brochure