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Participants of the Odessa Classics 2020

6th International Music Festival
Odessa Classics 2020


10 August
Odesa Opera House




Alexey Botvinov (solo piano)

Mozart "Adagio" choreography Heinz Spoerli
Arvo Pärt "Blue Light" choreography Heinz Spoerli, violin - Myroslava Kotorovych
Bach "Me Time" choreography Yen Han
Chopin "Nocturnes" choreography Heinz Spoerli
Glass "Orphee et Eurydice" choreography Filipe Portugal


Yen Han, Filipe Portugal, Flavio Salamanka, Marcia Jacqueline, Tigran Mkrtchyan, Tara Brodin



11 August




Ballade no. 1 op. 23 in G minor
Nocturne op. 55 no. 2 in E flat major
Valse op. 18 in E flat major
Valse op. 42 in A flat major
Valse op. 64 no. 1 in D flat major
Scherzo no. 4 op. 54 in E major

From the Nutcracker Suite:
- March
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
- Chinese Dance
- Andante maestoso (Pas de deux)

- From: Soirées de Vienne, 9 Valses-Caprices d'après Schubert: No. 6 in A minor
- From Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année, Italie: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
- From Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141: No. 3 in G sharp minor ("La Campanella")






12 August
Green Theater





Special project of the Odessa Classics and the Green Theater

Alexey Botvinov (piano)
Burhan Öçal (percussion)

«Reloaded - 2»

In programm

Bach - The "Well-Tempered Clavier", Book I:
                    Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847
                    Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 851
Bach - Aria and 5 variations from the "Goldberg Variations"

Beethoven - Sonata No. 8 op.13 "Sonata Pathétique", part 1

Mussorgsky - "Pictures at an Exhibition":
                    "The Old Castle
                    "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks"
                    "Catacombs (Roman Tomb)"
                    "The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga)"

Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G minor No.5 op.23

Prokofiev - Sonata No. 7, part 3




14 August
Odesa Opera House





Daniel Hope (violin)
Simos Papanas (violin)
Nicola Mosca (cello)
Emanuele Forni (luthe)
Naoki Kitaya (harpsichord)
Michael Metzler (percussion)


Music by Baroque Composers
Antonio Vivaldi / Diego Ortiz / Georg Friedrich Haendel /
Andrea Falconieri / Johann Paul von Westhoff / Nicola Matteis /
Jean-Marie Leclair /Marco Ucelini



15 August
Odesa Opera House




Daniel Hope (violin)

Alexey Botvinov (piano)


Valentyn Silvestrov   "Pastorales 2020"
    (World premiere. Comissioned work for Odessa Classics and BeethovenHaus Bonn)
Edvard Grieg    Sonata No.3 in C Minor
Alfred Schnittke   "Suite in the old style"
     Sonata No.1, parts 3 and 4
    "Congratulatory Rondo"



16 August
Odesa Philharmonic




Daniel Hope (violin)

Alexey Botvinov (piano)

Simos Papanas (violin)

Brahms Scherzo "F.A.E."
Arvo Pärt "Spiegel im Spiegel"
Tartini "Devil's Thrill Sonata" (Simos Papanas version)
Bach Concerto for 2 violins and piano D minor



17 August
Odesa Philharmonic



Gediminas Gelgotas and NICO ensemble

Antonio Vivaldi / Max Richter "Winter" (I-st mov.) from "Vivaldi recomposed"
  "Summer" (III-rd mov.) from "Vivaldi recomposed"
Philip Glass Violin Concerto No.1 (II-nd mov.)
Gediminas Gelgotas "Sacred Unreligious Soul"
  "Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean"
  "To the Skies"
  Hildegard von Bingen choral



18 August
Odesa Philharmonic




Vadim Repin (violin)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)

Debussy    Sonata for violin and piano
Prokofiev   Sonata for violin and piano No.1
Bartók       Romanian Folk Dances


19 August
Odesa Philharmonic




Sebastian Knauer (piano)
solo recital

J.S. Bach:
          Choral Prelude "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" BWV 659
          Choral Prelude "Wohl mir dass ich Jesum habe" BWV 147

F. Mendelssohn:
          Piano pieces & Songs without words (selection)

F. Schubert:
          Ungarian Melody
          Allegretto c Minor
          Impromptus op. 90 & op. 142 (selection)



20 August
Odesa Philharmonic



Sebastian Knauer (piano)

Beethoven       Piano Sonata D Minor Op.31, No.2
                      Piano Sonata C-sharp Minor Op.27, No.2 "Moonlight"

                     parts from Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, arranged for piano solo



21 August


The concert rescheduled to 5 June 2021





Neeme Järvi (conductor)




22 August
Potemkin Stairs - Open-air concert


National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Volodymyr Sirenko (conductor)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)

In program

Mozart, Bortnyansky, Berezovsky, Lysenko, Skorik
Rachmaninov    Concerto No.2 for piano and orchestra (soloist Alexey Botvinov)





23 August
Odesa Philharmonic



Linus Roth (violin)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)

Beethoven   Violin sonata No.4 in A minor, Op. 23
Franck         Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano


Yuriy Yegorov. Music of the spheres
August 11 – 31
Odesa Western and Eastern Arts Museum
Opening of the exhibition August 11 at 15:00



On August 11 at 15:00 Odesa Western and Eastern Arts Museum together with Dymchuk Gallery and NT-Art Gallery invites you to the opening of the exhibition of Yuriy Yegorov. The exhibition is held within the festival Odesa classics. Curator – Anatoliy Dymchuk.

"In the sea, in the fields, in the night sky, there is already a feeling of infinity. Most in the sea. The sea is a visible image of the infinite. It is impossible for me to understand infinity, we can only know how far the stars are from us. The plastic structure of the sea – a gradually diminishing hill of waves on this giant sphere – makes it the Image of Infinity, an image of magic: with its smells of astringent freshness of algae, with the mystery and horror of its depths, the cry of seagulls and the endless frightening beauty of its inhabitants. Together, this gives rise to the image of the universe and the idea of grandeur. Not many artists were concerned with or inspired by these ideas. Perhaps this is my private feeling – in the landscapes of Cezanne and Van Gogh there is a sense of the universe. The idea of grandeur was largely created by Wagner and Shostakovich, and much by Beethoven; and both of these ideas in Bach. Again, I may be wrong, but all of Tchaikovsky's last symphonies are a drama between the Commitment and the Real, Chopin is an endless mourning of the Possible... ”

Yuriy Yegorov

Yuriy Yegorov is a key figure in Ukrainian art of the 20th century. He devoted almost all his work to Odesa, the study of its unique landscape and spirit. Bright seascapes and metaphysical still lifes by Yegorov have long been an integral symbol of the city.

Yuriy Yegorov began his artistic practice under the influence of a severe style, but moving to Odesa in 1955 completely changed his approach to painting. Plots close to socialist realism and muted shades were changed to the bright, sunny colors and the attraction to basic geometric shapes. Based on these features, Yegorov's unique style crystallized, for which a portrait or landscape is not a simple reflection of reality, but a universal sign through which the artist gets to know the world.

There is no doubt that without Yuriy Yegorov one of the most significant cultural phenomena of Odesa would not have taken place. We are talking about the Odesa nonconformism of the 60s – 80s, whose members were not only influenced by Yegorov, but also had the closest professional and personal relationships with a senior colleague. Valentyn Khrushch, Stanislav Sychov, and Viktor Maryniuk are just a few artists whose work is marked by Yegorov's influence.

An important feature that runs through all of Yegorov's work is his subtle musicality. It is infrequently manifested at the plot level, but is always present in his exceptional attention to rhythm and harmony. Infinitely repeating motifs in different variations together form the symphonic character of the body of his paintings. Harmony as an expression of completeness passed from music to Yegorov's painting as a key element of his outlook.
For Yegorov, music is an expression of the infinity of the universe. Symbolic images, which the artist creates as an expression of his own existential tension, have a single purpose: to find world harmony.

Yuriy Yegorov (1926 – 2008) was born in Stalingrad. In 1948 he graduated from the Odesa Art School, in 1952 – from the I. E. Repin Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, and in 1955 –  from the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design. For two years he was the professor of the Odesa Art School (1955 – 1957). In the nineties, he was the rector of the Odesa non-governmental Academy of Arts. The works are stored in the collections of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Odesa and Mykolaiv Art Museums, the Zimmerli Museum (USA), the Tretyakov Gallery (Russia) and in numerous private collections.


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