Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881) - one of the most famous Russian opera composers in the world.
In addition to the great operas on the theme of Russian history - Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, Mussorgsky's legacy includes many vocal works in which the Russian soul and Russian history are expressed as soulful as in epic musical canvases. His vocal cycles - "Children's", "Without the Sun", "Songs and Dances of Death", his romances amaze with the expressiveness and magnetic force of deep passions. Even to this day, they have no analogues in their genre and in a truly talented performance sound fresh and innovative.
However, the importance of Mussorgsky is not limited only to the creation of his own musical works - Mussorgsky's work exerted a tremendous influence on his associates and comrades in the Balakirevsky circle, which, in addition to Moussorgsky, included Cesar Cui, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Miliy Balakirev. Today, on the almost one and a half-year distance separating us from Modest Mussorgsky and his colleagues in the Balakirevsky circle, it is especially interesting to trace in a live concert performance the roll of musical ideas and the mutual influence of these composers that determined the development of Russian musical traditions in the 20th century.
The concert of the memory of Modest Mussorgsky performed by the soloists of the St. Petersburg Opera Theater is both a tribute to the memory of his musical genius, and the experience of addressing the roots of Russian culture and simply a holiday of real music full of deep spiritual experiences and high insights.