4 October 2019

Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna. XX Century

On October 3, 2019, the musical and visual production “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna” was presented in the Grand Hall of the Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia as part of the cultural partnership between Gazprom Group and the Austrian company OMV AG.

This project has been implemented for the fourth time, and this year’s offering was focused on Russian and Austrian music and visual art of the last century. It featured works by Russian and Austrian composers including Dmitri Shostakovich, Gavriil Popov, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, Georgy Sviridov, Gustav Mahler, Reinhold Glière, Anton Webern, and among Franz Lehár, performed by the New Russia Symphony Orchestra conducted by People’s Artist of Russia Yuri Bashmet.

The performers included the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Olga Kulchinskaya, the Vienna Volksoper soloist Klemens Sander, pianist Dmitry Masleev, trumpeter Vladislav Lavrik, violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, and harpist Anneleen Lenaerts. The musical composition was accompanied by original videos projected on screens specially installed for the occasion. These videos featured paintings from the collections of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere and Leopold Museum in Austria, painted by celebrated 20th-century Russian and Austrian artists including Egon Schiele, Fritz Schwarz-Waldegg, Wassily Kandinsky, Natalia Goncharova, Gustav Klimt, Aristarkh Lentulov, Kazimir Malevich, Anton Faistauer, Koloman Moser, Aleksandr Deyneka, and Arkady Plastov and other artists of the past century.

The performance was the key cultural event of the 9th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum, and was attended by more than one thousand people.



OMV AG is the Gazprom Group’s key partner in Austria. The companies are partners in gas production, transportation and delivery.

Since 2016, the Gazprom Group and OMV AG have been implementing the joint cultural project “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna”, bringing together the art and history of Russia and Austria.




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