Artists

Ekaterina Semenchuk

Mezzo-Soprano

Semion Skigin

Piano

Program

Mikhail Glinka

A Farewell to St. Petersburg

Modest Mussorgsky

Songs and Dances of Death

Approximate running time: 1h 30m without intermission

Ekaterina Semenchuk and Semion Skigin’s song recital spotlights two antipodes among Russian composers of the 19th century: Mikhail Glinka, whose style was strongly influenced by Western European models, was nevertheless revered as the father of Russian music by the younger composers of the “Mighty Handful,” including Modest Mussorgsky. Glinka’s 1840 song cycle A Farewell to St. Petersburg is complemented by Mussorgsky’s somber Songs and Dances of Death, written some three decades later.