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RUSSIAN STATE SYMPHONY CINEMA ORCHESTRA
The Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra history started 80 years ago at the "Great Silent" time. Once in
November 1924 at the famous Moscow cinema "Ars" being located on Arbat Street the room in front of the screen
was occupied by the Orchestra instead of the ballroom-pianist. Such musical accompaniment of films resulted in a
great success and soon the Orchestra being headed by the composer and conductor D.Blok started playing at the other
cinemas as well. From now on the Orchestra has turned out to be connected with cinematography.
The Orchestra of Cinematography has put a grain of its work into the best pictures of 30-40s by the distinguished
such as: S. Aisenshtein, V. Pudovkin, G. Alexandrov, M. Pyriev; music to which has been composed by S.
Prokofiev, D. Shostakovich, A. Khachaturian, I. Dunaevsky and others.
Following decades all significant landmark on the Russian cinema path has became also the artistic episodes of the
Orchestra history. Here some of them: the music recording for the movies "War and Peace", "Dersu Uzala",
"Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears", "Burnt by the Sun" having been awarded with prestige "Oscar".
The work in the cinematography makes specific demands on the music team. The movie music recording takes
place within the very limited time frameworks almost without rehearsal. This process demands great skill,
professionalism of each musician, promptitude, musical keenness and quick "coming" into the composer idea. The
Symphony Cinema Orchestra has these characteristics to the full extent. It is capable of performing both with any
large and small in number bodies, of re-grouping both into popular and jazz groups. The Orchestra recording meet the
highest artistic requirements. That's why all well-known composers being dealt or dealing with cinematography such as
G. Sviridov, R. Shchedrin, A. Schnittke, E. Denisov, A. Eshpai, A. Petrov and the other gladly collaborated and
collaborate with it.
The Orchestra concert performances play a great role in its life. Its repertoire includes numerous works both of the
Russian and foreign and classics as well as the modern composers works. The Orchestra regularly performs in the
Moscow State Philharmonic Society subscription concerts with the programs to be of great interest both for adults
The Orchestra is a permanent participant on the various musical festivals, e.g. "December Evenings", the music
festivals for children, "Music of friends 95" as well as "Moscow Autumn", within the frameworks of which the
Orchestra performs the premiers of composers works.
Last years the Orchestra has started its foreign activities. So in 1991 in Berlin the Orchestra performed "The War
Requiem" by B.Britten and the 7-th Symphony by D.Shostakovich. It was noted in review the Orchestra performance
to be "certain sounded, distracted and first of all rich in images". The Orchestra has left for Vienna, Frankfurt/Main,
for Tunis to tour. The Orchestra activites is to a great extent presented with a lot of records and CDs with music from
the movies being become of classics of XX century but once upon a time having been firstly performed exactly by this
Orchestra. The wide range of discography (records and CDs) covers also the classical symphonic works including
those being recorded for the first time in the world.
Successes and artistic image being achieved by the Orchestra has been resulted from the contact with a number of
talented musicians and conductors: D. Block, A. Gauk, V. Nebolsin, G. Gamburg, A. Roitman. Such well-known
music art-masters as E. Svetlanov, G. Rozhdestvensky, D. Oistrakh, M. Rostropovich have collaborated with the
At present the Orchestra Artistic Head and Chief Conductor is Sergei Skripka