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St-Petersburg Double Duet “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al”

Maksim Tolstyh- balalaika
Grigory Voskoboinik- double bass
Igor Ponomarenko- domra alt
Aleksandr Matrosov- bayan

Art-director- Igor Ponomarenko

… Double duet was launced in April 2000, but its musical language is permitted by a very individual lyrics. Its harmony is strongly tonal, occasionaly bitonal and this is wedded to an accute rhythmic sense and variety of texture to provide constant light and shade and forward movement. “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al” was one of the best in philarmonical part of the “Slavyansky Bazar” festival in Vitebsk. Igor Ponomarenko as a founder and artistic director, could create a company which performing with great sense of style, wide range melody and artistic expression. The actual choice of exclusive musical pieces of French composers, such as Satie, Fore,Meyerber,Plankett, Pulenk and opera pieces from Bise and Guno were included in the concert “Ways of Love” with outstanding soloist Andrey Slavny, who could attract not only music fans, but also music specialists.

“Very soon “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al” will be one of the most interesting and original companies , presenting high musical art not only in Russia, but also abroad”… (Dozorzeva Zh.G. Master of Arts, Moscow, member of Art Academy).

Bright and extraordinary event took place in St-Petersburg musical life. New company- Double duet “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al” appeared on theatre stage. “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al” which sounds like “madrigal”, is not a small poem-compliment, as was mentioned in a dictionary. Igor Ponomarenko-former leader and soloist of the famous “Terem quartet”, organised the new company in April 2000. Igor, as other musicians of “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al” is a student of St-Petersburg Conservatoire named after Rimsky-Korsakov. But being a students they also had experience as professional musicians performed in different genres of instrumental music- classics, jazz , folk and even avant-garde.

Double duet was born on the 4th of April 2000 on the Maly Drama Theatre stage, participating in Nezhinsky and Nureev memorial shows. On the 6th of April new company was invited in the St-Petersburg State Concert Company “Peterburg Concert” and by the end of season prepared several musical programmes. On the 15th of April duet performed with A. Chaikovsky opera “Motya and Savely-Mozart and Saliery” in frames of Kuryohin’s festival in Baltiisky Dom Theatre. On 30th of May Double duet introduced their first solo programme “Ways of Love” which includes works of French composers (together with A.Slavny-baritone, and Ilya Ioff- violin) in the Palace of Beloselskye-Belozerskiye. On the 31 May in co-operation with musical theatre “Zazerkalye” duet showed “Passions for Kashtanka”, I.Ponomarenko work which was several times nominated for St-Petersburg theatrical prize “Golden Sophit” and for high Russian national prize “Golden Mask”. Celebrating A.Pushkin birthday duet “Ma.Gr.Ig.Al” performed in Pushkin museum with their new programme together with A.Slavny ( romances of Russian composers based on the Pushkin lyrics).

The combination of traditional Russian instruments and double bass, which will bring the music onto a new level devoid of folklore symplicity where it will exist on par with professional classical stage with chamber music in modern interpretation. French music of “Silver Age” is very extraordinary and unique at the same time. This music turns into exulted trinket , look like golden rose in a bottle, like… Style, art novae, melancholy.

In September 2000 first album “Satie and Debussy” was recorded for MAZUR MEDIA Gmbh. Germany (presentation will take place 14 December 2000 in St-Petersburg Kapella). The album will be available in Europe in January 2001.

The next premiere of the current season will be new solo programme “Mozart-Rossini” (in co-operation with M. Lud’ko-soprano and A.Slavny-baritone, January 2001-Smolny Cathedral). The nearest premiere after Mozart will be the programme “Popular violin music” (with I.Ioff). Another is based on music from “Carmen Suite” by Bize-Shedrin, which will be recorded for the 2nd album in January 2001. Premiere will take place in Moscow Conservatoire in April 2001. The programme “Music from Russian films –20 century” is also preparing.


St. Petersburg Double Duet "Ma.Gr.Ig.Al."
Director - Valery Ovcharenko, Art-director - Igor Ponomarenko
Contact detals: phone/fax - 7-812-249-53-63


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