Music plays a special role in our lives, especially classical music. Everybody knows that all of the world’s music is based on classical music. Classical music doesn’t become outdated, it always finds an audience – adults or children, professionals or amateurs, nobody remains unaffected. If you are in Moscow you should definitely come and see the biggest concert halls and listen to Russian classical music stars.
Scientists have proved benefits of listening to classical music. It may actually make you healthier. Here are some examples that can cure your headache and cheer you up.
Let’s start with beloved Mozart. His works are so energizing, they give you inspiration and creativity. Studies have shown that after listening to Mozart you start focusing on triumph without even realizing it.
If you have a headache, Brahms’ ‘Lullaby’, Liszt’s ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’ or any Strauss waltz are your surefire remedies.
The best music to fight depression is definitely Tchaikovsky and his unique Symphony No. 6.
As for bedtime pieces, try the magical Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ or fantastic Chopin’s preludes.
Now, as for the places to go in order to enjoy and be healed by classical music, there are:
Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory Great Hall
Once, the great Soviet pianist Heinrich Neuhaus said – ‘This is the favorite hall of the capital’. Indeed, it is one of the best concert halls in the world. The Great Hall is in one of the top educational music institutions – Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. It’s the hall which is popular among Muscovites and tourists. Every evening anyone can come and immerse themselves into the world of different kinds of music. International festivals, contests and the world-famous Tchaikovsky competition are held here. It would be a long story to describe all the beauty and at the same time the simplicity of this hall, seeing is believing though. Frequent performers include the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yury Bashmetov, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, and many other recognized musicians performing classical music masterpieces.
You can get tickets on the conservatory website. Feedback from visitors says that the dress circle places are the best. The sound there is better and tickets are quite cheap.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Another popular concert hall named after a prominent composer. It is located in the center of Moscow on Triumfalnaya square and claimed to be the main concert hall in Moscow. Here you can find various concerts: outstanding examples of opera, orchestras and solo performers. You can hear the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, who all often give performances here. After getting inspired by the beauty of Triumfalnaya square and Vladimir Mayakovsky’s works, without a doubt you should take yourself to one of the best concert halls in Moscow.
Buy tickets a month before the show. Note that the prices are above average. The best places to sit are in the orchestra seats, a little further from the center of the hall. From this place you will be able to see the orchestra and hear all the musical tints of the soloist.
Pavel Slobodkin’s Moscow Concert Center
This center was created a few years ago. It has a philharmonic concert hall, and a young but famous chamber orchestra. Many professional musicians have already tested the amazing acoustics and fancy décor. Rodion Shchedrin performed here and said that this hall is the coziest in Moscow. Among other famous performers to grace this stage are Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Yuri Bashmet. The repertoire of the orchestra is varied – from Mozart and Bach to composers of our era. The center has musical and literature programs; you have a chance to enjoy everything from poetry to the music of Russian and foreign composers. The center provides concerts for children, familiarizing them with different composers, and many other fascinating events. Tickets are available on their website or in the ticket offices.
Moscow International House of Music
During his inauguration ceremony the president V.V. Putin called this place “A charming crystal bowl”. This modern complex consists of 3 concert halls: Svetlanov hall, Chamber hall and Theatre hall.
Svetlanov hall is the biggest. It is designed for both classical and popular (variety, jazz, etc.) concerts. It has a unique acoustic system, and the biggest concert organ in Russia is here too.
Chamber hall is not the biggest, but it is considered to have superb acoustic characteristics noticed by world renowned music stars. The hall is realized in the classical style. The spectators’ seats are in U-Shaped balconies. You will hear baroque music and chamber ensemble performances here.
Theatre hall hosts any kinds of theatrical activity, concerts, fashion shows, conferences, presentations and other events. Thanks to the latest technical equipment, luminous effects and stunning scenery charm visitors.
Moscow International Performing Arts Center is a base for the National Philharmonic of Russia, State Chamber Orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi” and the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
Frequent performers are Denis Mazuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Viktor Tretyakov, Olesya Tabakova, Vladimir Yurowski and many others.
Some visitors may be confused by the word ‘Helicon’. But what is it? Some suggest it is the name of the mount in ancient Greece, others believe it is a huge wind instrument. Anyway, it is the name of the best musical theatre and concert hall in Moscow. European press have expressed appreciation for performances here like “The Bat”, “Nabucco”, “Aida”, etc. Vladimir Fedoseyev, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko and Mstislav Rostopovich all contribute to creating great opera. The Helicon Opera has nine awards of “The Golden Mask”, and prizes from the Moscow Opera Festival. The theatre is well received in foreign countries; The Independent, Le Monde and The Washington Post have given positive feedback about the shows. Today, the conductor and director in Helicon Opera is People’s Artist of the USSR Vladimir Fedoseyev. As for tickets, you’d better have a seat on the balcony or in the center of the hall, as the sound here is well-balanced. You can look though the next performances on the official website.
Here are some etiquette tips for those who are visiting a classical concert for the first time.
The first and most important – turn your mobile phone off. Unless you want to find yourself in an embarrassing situation.
Don’t applaud between acts. Be sure the performance is over, only then clap. Remember this simple rule – do not clap first.
In general, behave yourself and forget about business calls and other affairs, just relax and enjoy.
We have given you a list of wonderful places for cultural activities. You can visit lots of other sites apart from the Red Square and Arbat Street. Have a cultural vacation in Russia’s capital - Moscow.