Rite of Winter 1949. Leonid Desyatnikov: The scale of this piece, its monumentality are imaginary

Together with our general partner VTB Bank, we created an educational project for the concerts in Zaryadye on May 25 and 26 and at the Diaghilev Festival on June 10. We did a big interview with Leonid Desyatnikov, who had visited the rehearsals of his Rite of Winter 1949.

The composer told about the idea and the difficult birth of the score, returned to his childhood memories that had nourished it, revealed the details of the lost “Pushkin” and of “puppet theatre” texts in The Rite of Winter, and also confessed his endless sympathy for Tchaikovsky.



Leonid Desyatnikov, Teodor Currentzis, musicAeterna Orchestra, musicAeterna Choir