30 December 2014

“Both color and sound...”

Музей изобразительных искусств им.Пушкина

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts


From December 1 to 30, Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presented its traditional international winter arts and music festival: Sviatoslav Richter’s December Nights, sponsored by Gazprom Export. The artistic director was Yuri Bashmet.

The festival, named for its founder Sviatoslav Richter, opened at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts for the 32nd consecutive year. This festival is known for featuring a common theme for classical music concerts and art exhibitions in the museum’s display halls.

This year’s December Nights festival was dedicated to the upcoming centenary of the birth of its founder, outstanding pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997). The concerts included some works from his repertoire: Beethoven and Schubert sonatas, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 (written in memory of Ivan Sollertinsky), quintets by Franck and Dvořák, and much more.

Performers at the festival included some musicians whose creative development was largely influenced by Richter’s work: Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Eliso Virsaladze, Alexander Melnikov, and Ludmila Berlinskaya. Also participating in the programs were musicians from various other countries: Germany, France, Britain, the United States, Hungary, and Finland.

This year’s Sviatoslav Richter’s December Nights festival was accompanied by the “Both color and sound...” art exhibition, its title taken from a line of poetry in Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game, symbolizing the kinship of music and painting, color and sound. Visitors were able to enjoy variations on this theme in the works of Russian and West European masters from the collections of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Tretyakov State Gallery, the Russian State Museum, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Pompidou Center (Paris), the Queen Sofia Arts Center (Madrid), and the Old Masters Picture Gallery (Dresden). The exhibition had a total of around 30 works.

December Nights draws packed houses every year. While the program for the festival changes theme from year to year, one feature remains constant: the professional mastery of its participants.

Back to the list