Monday, September 27th, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Anatoly Safiulin (bass, Germany)
Inna Davidova (piano)
Listen to the Russian songs and romances and learn a secret of the Russian soul!
Anatoly Safiulin (bass)
Inna Davidova (piano)
The art of Anatoly Safiulin combines his individual voice timbre with the natural gift and the big experience of a musician. His superb vocal mastery, his fascinating dramatic instinct and the stunning ability to transmit the fineness of different musical styles is incomparable.
Russia is known to be rich with many of glorious bass singers. But a rare bass singer reaches the highest point of vocal art and gains the world fame, not starring at the opera stage, but only performing chamber music and large-scale works. One may say that the artistic personality of Mr. Safiulin is created by music itself – by Russian folk songs and romances; original chamber music programs of Russian and Western composers’ works and by large-scale compositions as masses, requiems, cantatas, oratorios and symphonies. He is considered to be the true Russian singer of European culture. Whatever the music is, Mr. Safiulin enjoys the auditorium with the profundity of his soul, his intellect and inimitable character.
Anatoly Safiulin is a guest soloist at many prestigious music festivals. To quote just some examples: The Russian Winter and The Moscow Stars in Moscow, The White Nights of St. Petersburg, The Edinburgh Festival, The Prague Spring, All the World Stars in Verbier, The Bilbao Festival. Hommages to Shostakovitch in Germany and Switzerland, The Festival of Russian Music in Stockholm, The Kiev Autumn, The Bratislava Autumn, The Bela Bartok Festival of contemporary Music in Hungary, festivals of Russia music in Italy, France, Austria, Japan, festivals of church music, etc. He has been touring intensively all around Russia and performing in London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence, Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Glasgow, Geneva, Chicago, New-York, Montreal, Ottawa, Tokyo, Istanbul, Tel-Aviv, Singapore etc.
In London Mr. Safiulin appeared in the role of Salieri for the first time since great Shalyapin had performing it. That was the semi-performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri at the Royal Festival Hall. Princess Diana, who honoured the concert with her presence, gave the singer an audience expressing her gratitude.
During the last decade the bass performed hundreds of large-scale works with the orchestra: requiems by Cimarosa, Mozart, Verdi, Dvorak, Brahms, Faure, Britten; masses by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert; cantatas by Bach, Honegger, Shoenberg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Schedrin; symphonies by Mahler, Shostakovitch, Lazarev.
The top of Mr. Safiulin artistry is chamber music. It’s impossible to count his original programs. With great ardour he promotes the new music of his compatriots. Many composers of XX century, such as Georgy Sviridov, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Yuri Levitin, etc, entrusted him the first public performances of their music. Quite many works have been dedicated to the bass. The magazine “Sovetskaya muzyka” defined him very precisely as “a devoted knight of modern music”. There is no problem for Mr.Safiulin in the level of difficulty of a new work or in the term to get it ready to perform. He considers, that “the more difficult is the work, the more interesting is to know the result”
Such well-known pianists as Nikolay Demidenko, Victoria Postnikova, Igor Hudoley, Alexandre Bahchiev and organists Oleg Yanchenko, Olgerts Cintins were among the concertmasters of Mr. Safiulin.
Mr.Safiulin collaborated with more than 150 conductors, for example with such outstanding maestros as Igor Markevich, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Evgeny Svetlanov, Kurt Masur, Gennady Rizhdestvensky, Valry Gergiev,Saulius Sondeckis, Yehudi Menuhin, Arvids Yansons, Mariss Yansons, Krzystof Penderecky, Mikhail Pletniov, Liana Isaakadze, Dzhansug Kahidze…
The singer has recorded more than 25 CDs.
Mr. Safiulin’s relations with Latvia have had the long history. He performed in Riga for the first time in 1981 taking part in Verdi’s Requiem with Galina Kovalyova, Irina Arkhipova, Karlis Zarins (Arvid Yansons conducted). He was the frequent guest soloist at the concerts of the State Academic Choir “Latvia”. In 2003 he sang the bass solo in the performance of the 14th Symphony by Shostakovitch with the Chamber Orchestra Kremerata Baltica (artistic director Gidon Kremer) in Germany and Italy.
Since 1997 Mr. Safiulin has been working with Inna Davidova. The first concert of the Hermanis Braun Foundation took place in 1998, February the 13th. That was the solo concert of Mr. Safiulin. Every concert program Inna and Anatoly come up with is inimitable. Their debut program Romances of Glinka and Rachmaninov was followed by Tribute to Shaliapin, Romances of Russian Composers based on the poems of Poushkin, Don Quichot and Mephistopheles, The Ancient Russian Romances and Romances by Taneyev and Arensky. The duo of Mr. Safiulin and Ms. Davidova was performing in Riga, Moscow and Israel.
Inna Davidova, the pianist-concertmistress and the head of Herman Braun Foundation, graduated from Latvian Jazeps Medins College of Music (prof. Joy Lifshitz), Latvian Academy of Music (1987, prof. Valentina Brovak; postgraduate as a concertmistress, 1994, prof. Inta Villerusa).
The basic artistic features of Ms Davidova are delicacy and stylistic certainty. She prefers to work with vocalists. Many well-known singers, such as Inessa Galant, Inga Kalna, Antra Bigaca, Elina Garanca, Egils Silins, the Lithuanian singer Jolanta Stanelite, with whom Ms Davidova became a prize-winner at the International Vocal Competition in Tokyo, and the Russian singers Tatyana Monogarova, Irina Dolzhenko, Anatoly Safiulin, can be listed her best co-workers. She also gives concerts with the clarinetist Marcis Kulis.
Ms Davidova has always been seeking for the uncommon and the unknown ways in the field of vocal chamber music. Every her concept has its own dramatic core and is elaborated in the inner logical development. The programs are characterized by the pianist’s imagination and deep knowledge of the subject. Such programs as Wolf’s and Medtner’s songs with Goethe poetry (A.Bigaca, I.Davidova, 1995, Riga), Mendelssohn’s, Schumann’s and Brahms’ vocal duets (I.Kalna, A.Bigaca, I.Davidova, 1997, Riga), Forgotten pages – Taneyev’s and Arensky’s romances (A.Safiulin, I.Davidova, 2000, Riga and Moscow), Musical revelations – Spohr’s, Meyerbeer’s Creutzer’s, Cornelius’ Tate’s pieces for mezzo, clarinet and piano (A.Bigaca, M.Kulis, I.Davidova, 2002, Riga), Russian Composers’ Romances: Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (I.Dolzhenko, I.Davidova, 2004) and Pearls of Vocal Romanticism: Schubert, Wolf, Richard Strauss (Egil Silins, Inna Davidova, 2005) are especially noticeable and outstanding.
The pianist performs in Latvia and abroad (Russia, Denmark, UK, Italy, Japan, Canada, USA, Israel, Slovenia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan).
In 1998, February 13, the first vocal music concert (A.Safiulin, I.Davidova) of the new concert agency Herman Braun Foundation, established by Ms Davidova, took place in Riga. Since then Ms Davidova has been successful in combining art and management. Due to Herman Braun Foundation’s activities a number of the newborn traditions have come to Latvia’s concert life and enriched it. Among them are festivals the Winterfest, ARTISSIMO, AVANTI. The cycle of concerts To the City and the World is remarkable as a great cultural event of national importance.
In 2006 Inna Davidova was rewarded with the Rienzi Prize for valuable contribution to culture management.