The Moscow International House of MusicRussian: Dom muzyki or Дом музыки is one of the world’s largest performing arts centres. It is a modern environment with three halls, built in 2002. Apart from its main focus, classical music (symphonic and organ, vocal and choral music), the halls are intended for opera and ballet productions as well as church, chamber, and folk music. It is also used as a venue for performances, meet-the-artist events and international forums. The high-quality equipment of the House of Music allows for complex productions to take place. The names of the artists who performed on its stage testify to the prestige of this venue; among these artists are Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Bashmet, Denis Matsuev, and Kent Nagano.
The president of the Moscow International House of Music is internationally renowned conductor and violinist, Vladimir Spivakov. In addition, the House of Music is home to the Moscow Virtuosi State Chamber OrchestraRussian: Gosudarstvennyi kamernyi orkestr «Virtuozy Moskvy» or Государственный камерный оркестр «Виртуозы Москвы», the National Philharmonic of RussiaRussian: Natsionalnyi filarmonicheskiy orkestr Rossii or Национальный филармонический оркестр России led by V. Spivakov as well as the Russian Philharmonic symphony orchestraRussian: simfonicheskiy orkestr «Russkaya filarmoniya» or симфонический оркестр «Русская филармония» (conductor S. Tararin).
‘A CRYSTAL CUP’: TH ARCHITECTURE OF THE HOUSE OF MUSIC
The building containing the House of Music is an example of modern architecture in Moscow. It is part of the Krasnye KholmyRussian: Красные холмы complex of buildings on the Kosmodamianskaya embankmentRussian: Kosmodamianskaya naberezhnaya, or Космодамианская набережная and serves as the centrepiece of these buildings. The architectural layout was developed by architects Yu. Gnedovsky, D. Solopov, M. Gavrilova, V. Krasilnikov (“Tovarishchestvo Teatralnykh ArkhitektorovRussian: Товарищество театральных архитекторов”, meaning “Partnership of Theatre Architects”). The project was figuratively dubbed as a “crystal cupRussian: Khrustalnyi kubok or Хрустальный кубок” at the opening ceremony and awarded the Crystal DaedalusRussian: Khrustalnyi Dedal or Хрустальный Дедал – a prestigious award for architects – at the international festival, ZodchestvoRussian: Зодчество. It is topped with a 6-ton violin clef designed by Z. Tseretellia Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor and architect known for large-scale and at times controversial monuments, which rotates on the dome like a weather vane.
The ten-storey building is truly spacious; in addition to three concert halls, it houses a restaurant, an exhibition hall, a recording studio, a shop, as well as a musical terrace, which serves as a fourth concert venue during the warmer months. All three halls are perfectly designed to give an excellent view of the stage from virtually any seat. However, it should be noted that the Svetlanov HallRussian: Svetlanovskiy zal or Светлановский зал has a few balcony seats located behind the stage. These seats are usually the cheapest but you’ll have to look at the actors’ backs (and the conductor’s face); they are also not ideal in terms of acoustics.
The largest hall of the House of Music, called Svetlanov Hall, seats 1699 people. Its acoustics were developed by employees of the Research Institute for Building PhysicsRussian: Nauchno-issledovatelskiy institut stroitelnoy fiziki or Научно-исследовательский институт строительной физики, and now the hall is rated as one of the best in Russia in terms of sound quality. In addition, it contains Russia’s biggest pipe organ (6000 pipes and 84 registers) made by the German firms Glatter-Götz and Klais. Its pipes, ranging from 10 mm to 12 m in length, confer unique sound solutions to the instrument. Its frequency coverage ranges from 8 Hz (infra-sound) to the lowest limit of ultrasound.
There is another Glatter-Götz organ (7 registers) in the Chamber HallRussian: Kamernyi zal or Камерный зал, which seats 556 people. This hall is primarily designed for piano concerts and performances of ensembles and soloists as well as for literary events. The combination of red and green is particularly remarkable in the design of the hall. The small Theatre HallRussian: Teatralnyi zal or Театральный зал with its 400/524 seating capacity serves as a venue for ballets, operas, presentations, and even fashion shows. The number of seats in the hall can change depending on the event.
MEETING YOUR EVERY NEED
The House of Music pays also provides educational programmes and performances for children. Apart from concerts, musicals, and musical performances, the House offers a few entertainment and educational series which target the younger generation: Welcome to a Fairy TaleRussian: V gostyakh u skazki or В гостях у сказки, A Musical BibleRussian: Muzykalnaya bibliya or Музыкальная библия, The Best Songs for ChildrenRussian: Luchshie detskie pesni or Лучшие детские песни, The ABC of JazzRussian: Azbuka dzhaza or Азбука джаза, Literary EventsRussian: Literaturnye vstrechi or Литературные встречи, Children for ChildrenRussian: Deti detyam or Дети детям, and others.
The House of Music focuses on philharmonic music. From season to season, it compiles dozens of subscriptions classifying concerts and performances according to certain conceptual cycles. They vary from cycles of one solo performer, band or conductor to performances of one genre, topic, subject, or type.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com