It is not common for an audience to witness a modern premiere of a composition by a prominent author, created more than a century ago. Yet that is exactly what is happening on Oct. 15 at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, when Sinfonia Iuventus presents the world premiere of Anton Rubinstein’s sacred opera Moses, Op. 112. This extraordinary event culminates the research efforts by Maestro Mikhail Yurovsky, the Principal Guest Conductor of the Iuventus Orchestra.
Brothers Anton (1829-1894) and Nicolai (1835-1881) Rubinstein were founders of the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories and belonged to Russia’s music elite during the second half of the 19th century. The opera was written between 1885-1891 to the libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal and in eight scenes depicts the prophet’s life. This work was never performed in its entirety and had to wait well over a century to be heard in public. The concert version of the work under the baton of Maestro Yurovsky will also be recorded.