Concert by Vladimir Martynov and Opus Posth, 'Purcell and Martynov'
Vladimir Martynov is one of the most prominent composers in Russia today, the author of instrumental and symphonic music sought-after by both Russian and international academic musicians, film and theater directors. Martynov's opera Vita Nuova performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra premiered in 2009, and one of the latest compositions, Beatitudes, performed by the famous Kronos Quartet, became soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino's film La Grande Bellezza.
In Tel Aviv Martynov’s compositions will be performed by the chamber orchestra Opus Posth, lead by Tatiana Grindenko — in 2002 together with Martynov she was awarded with the State Prize of Russia.
Opus Posth is entirely unique in contemporary Russian culture. Established in 1999 for the project New Sacral Space, the ensemble is based on the concept of composer and philosopher Vladimir Martynov, which follows the philosophical idea formulated by Vladimir Martynov about ‘the end of composers’ time’ and the birth of a new space for making music. The Opus Posth ensemble synthesizes different performing traditions: authentic and avant-garde. Moving beyond music itself, the ensemble works in a genre on the edge of theatre, opera, poetry and painting.
Tatyana Grindenko, the artistic director of Opus Posth, is an exceptionally talented violinist in the current day Russia. Back in 1982 she founded the Academy of Early Music — the first ensemble in the USSR use authentic techniques and original instruments to make music. The ensemble gained instant recognition in the USSR, and since 1989 it has participated in numerous music festivals around the world. Her collaboration with Gidon Kremer featured Concerto Grosso no.1 composed by Alfred Schnittke, Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt and Luigi Nono's Hay que caminar sonando.
The second half of the concert is dedicated to baroque pieces from the orchestra’s permanent program — the works of Henry Purcell.
Part 1: Music of Henry Purcell performed by OPUS POSTH ensemble
Part 2: Music by Vladimir Martynov
Tribute to Yury Lubimov (pianoforte by Vladimir Martynov)
The Old Man and the Sea (soundtrack to the performance of the same name directed by Anatoly Vasiliev, performed by OPUS POSTH ensemble)
Mart festival is a multi-genre festival in Tel Aviv that showcases the diverse and exciting landscape of contemporary Russian culture. The festival’s founder, Mart project, which promotes the contemporary Russian culture in London, New York and Tel Aviv, has brought together in one program all the most important things in the Russian-speaking culture today.
Theatre, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, music, film screenings, parties, and lectures — in the spring of 2020 Tel Aviv will be at the heart of contemporary Russian culture.