Thursday, April 20, at the residence of the Greek Ambassador in Moscow was held the evening dedicated to the dialogue of cultures of the two countries “Art and music is the bond uniting Russia and Greece.” This event has become a kind of echo of the cross-Russian-Greek.
The Ambassador of Greece in Russia Andreas Fryganas. Photo: a Charitable Foundation named after P. M. Tretyakov
However, as said at the opening evening extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Greece in Russia Andreas Fryganas, the history of Russian-Greek relations has more than a thousand years. And 2016 year was especially important, not only because he held a number of official visits, but also because it was the cross year of Russia and Greece. “He was so successful that we made a promise to themselves to not over – whether in jest, whether seriously said the Ambassador. – We will correct the error in the calendar, and every year we will have a cross”.
About the dialogue of cultures in various aspects talked a lot in the walls of the historic survivors of the Napoleonic invasion of the mansion in Leontief lane. “Culture is so area that can not divide people, not to build the border and helps people better understand each other”, – said the Chairman of the Charity Fund named after P. M. Tretyakov, Elena Behteeva. Greek art became the source of all European culture. And Greece is a country with which enlightened Russian families get acquainted before with other countries and acquaintance it starts with ancient myths”.
Sings Ekaterina Shcherbachenko. Accompanied Alexander The Righteous. Photo: a Charitable Foundation named after P. M. Tretyakov
Mentioned this evening and the person who serves as one of the main symbols of the relationship of history of two countries – count Ioannis Kapodistrias, who at the beginning of the XIX century came in the Russian service, and in 1816 was appointed Manager of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire. Once in Greece, the revolution began, Ivan Antonovich (as he was called in Russia) Ioannis Kapodistrias left the diplomatic service and returned home. And in April 1827 he was elected Governor (President) of the young Greek state.
The apotheosis of the evening was a small concert. Famous Russian Opera singer (soprano), soloist of the Bolshoi theatre, Ekaterina scherbachenko to the accompaniment of composer and pianist Alexander Pravednikova performed the famous Tchaikovsky’s romance in the words of Alexei Tolstoy’s “at the crowded ball…” and Arioso of Natasha Rostova from the Opera by Sergei Prokofiev “War and peace”. And the “Hellenic” part of the speech, the singer made a version (in Greek!) five Greek folk melodies, written by Maurice Ravel in 1904-1906 based on the songs from the island of Chios. Ended with a concert inspired by the performance of famous pianist Vladimir Sverdlov-Ashkenazy, who performed his own compositions. The musician, whose performances were greeted with applause, had to perform an encore.
Vladimir Sverdlov-Ashkenazi. Photo: a Charitable Foundation named after P. M. Tretyakov