TALE OF ALEXANDER NEVSKY
The Kronstadt Palace of Culture presents a video version of musical and poetic composition "Tale of Alexander Nevsky", recorded on September 5, 2021 in the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the city of Kronstadt.
The festive event was dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander. Under the vaults of the main Naval Cathedral of Russia and in the presence of naval mariners, an epic tale about life and great deeds of Alexander Nevsky based on the texts of ancient chronicles, was performed.
Musical piece performed is a joint project by the on-stage performance groups of the Kronstadt Palace of Culture and the Children's Music School No. 8 named after G. P. Vishnevskaya, with the participation of the choir of the Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God and the assistance from the branch of the Kronstadt Fortress Central Naval Museum. Program includes choral and solo compositions by Russian classic musicians, church hymns and poetry by contemporary authors praising the greatness of the Russian land and feats of arms by it defenders where the holy Prince Alexander Nevsky stands first. About a hundred vocalists and leading elocutionists of Kronstadt took part in the project. Vocal pieces were performed by the Academic Women's Choir of the Kronstadt Palace of Culture (headed by Zh. Matrosova), the Choir of the Children's Music School No. 8 named after G. P. Vishnevskaya (headed by N. Sablina), vocal pop group "Pallada" (headed by L. Semenova).
Soloists: Galina Kalganova, Elena Tikhonova, Vladislav Uspensky and Igor Lemekhov. Ancient chronicles were voiced by Elena Zvezdina, Alexander Karpov and Alexander Svoykin. Special attention was given to orthodox hymns performed by the choir of the Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, Reverend Mother Natalia (Melnik). Program release was preceded by lots of preparatory work: studying the ancient chronicles and creating a script based thereon, learning vocal pieces, literary work. Project was carried out with the support of the administration of the Kronshtadt District of St. Petersburg and upon the blessing of the Senior Priest Archimandrite Alexy of the Nikolsky Stavropegial Naval Cathedral and the Senior Priest Archpriest Svyatoslav of the Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God.