Pushkin's «Метель» ('The Blizzard') in Words and Music

Alla and Nadia performed « Метель » together at Pushkin House, and this performance is being repeated by popular demand. There will be some changes: Alla will be reading a slightly extended version of the text; and Nadia will begin the evening with a performance of Prokofiev's much-loved Тройка .

The short story The Blizzard was written by Pushkin in 1830 during his three months’ enforced stay at the estate of Boldino near Nizhny Novgorod as a result of an outbreak of cholera - the so-called period of prolific creativity known as the “ Boldino Autumn ”. The Blizzard was written in one day and is one of five prose tales known as the Tales of Belkin Повести Белкина »).

Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) is one of the most popular of 20th century Russian composers. His works are inspired by Russia’s rich musical heritage, including folk song and liturgical choral music. Musical Illustrations for The Blizzard (1975) is one of Sviridov’s most famous musical works and was originally written for the 1964 film based on Pushkin’s short story.

Our Guest Performers

Alla Gelich , our reader, is a long-standing member of the Pushkin Club, and has given public recitals of Russian poetry on numerous occasions – in Great Britain, Russia, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Nadia Giliova is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and the Royal Academy of Music, London, and a prize-winner at a number of national and international competitions, including the International Prokofiev Competition in Moscow. She has performed at a number of major venues and festivals throughout Great Britain, including The Wigmore Hall, where in June 2008 she played Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons”/ « Времена года » .

Nadia and Alla have frequently appeared together, including at Pushkin House in March 2009 for the Akhmatova/Scriabin evening (“ The Guest from the Future ”/ « Гость из Будущего» ) and in March 2010 at an evening devoted to Pushkin’s Love Lyrics .

We are delighted that at the end of the evening there will be a surprise appearance by Lila Moshtael. Lila is a well-known singer and guitarist, who has a long-standing involvement with the Pushkin Club. This time she'll be without her guitar - but with a special surprise in store.

David Brummell is a long-standing member of Pushkin Club and a Trustee of Pushkin House.

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