Our festival has changed its name. Instead of the “Five Evenings” so pleasant to a Petersburger’s ear, we have taken on another “Petersburgian” name: Northern Flowers. We do not want any more, and we do not have either, to confine our initiative in a strict frame of a certain number of concerts. The new name suggests experimenting, it is extending the framework of the established tradition. Moreover, from this year on, we are trying to arrange our chamber music evenings in different halls of St. Petersburg (largely in response to wishes of the Festival’s friends and audience), thus diversifying the aesthetic, artistic, and acoustic palette of the Northern Flowers. In all other respects, our artistic philosophy remains the same: the most interesting phenomena in chamber music, renowned performers, premiere performances, and unexpected interpretations. Each concert of the Festival is an event, a happening in the city’s musical life.



The Petersburg Musical Archive is starting preparations for the 100th anniversary of Dmitry Shostakovich. Apart from recording and publication of works of the composer himself, we intend to issue a line of compact discs dedicated to music of his pupils and contemporaries. Of these, Boris Tchaikovsky will be the first. This remarkable Russian composer is not yet known in the West well enough. The program comprises the cantata “Signs Of The Zodiac”, Four Preludes for orchestra, Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra, and Chamber Symphony. The performers are the Petersburg Chamber Orchestra conducted by Edward Serov, Adil Fedorov (clarinet), and Margarita Miroshnikova (soprano).


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