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About Terem Quartet

“Mozart, Chopin and Bizet as you’ve never heard them before – classical music become theatre.”

— The Scotsman

“Unveiling all the potential of their instruments, using their innate musical instincts, these Musicians perform in such a way that the heavens seem to open up before you.”

— Leidsch Dagblad

“Love, hatred, irony, more philosophical feelings, all of these are mixed in Russian music, it’s very spiritual!”

— The Independent

All these quotes from the Russian and foreign press are dedicated to a single ensemble –  St. Petersburg’s Terem Quartet. A pioneer ensemble, a trailblazer, the world’s first composer-ensemble, the Terem Quartet will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2016!

Much of what the Terem Quartet has accomplished over its 30-year history was never done before.

The Terem Quartet was the first Russian ensemble, together with the Pokrovsky Ensemble, to perform for a foreign audience at Peter Gabriel’s world-famous WOMAD festival.

The Terem Quartet was the first Russian folk instrument ensemble to win the hearts of Russian Philharmonic halls.

The Terem Quartet was the first ensemble back in the 1980s that tried to combine what seemed at that time unimaginable – academic music, folk and rock, thus creating its own “Folk-Rock-Fantasy”.

The Terem Quartet became the first ensemble to combine music on folk instruments with symphonic music through its ambitious “Masked Ball” program with a symphonic orchestra.

The Terem Quartet was a pioneer of the Russian crossover-style: a style born at the intersection of unique crossroads of the times.

The Terem Quartet was the first ensemble to introduce into their music elements of theatre and mime. “Their music is in their glance, their smile, their cry, the swing of their head or, ultimately, in their grimace. Strange as it might seem, Russia also has musicians who see music not only in the score”. Nikolai Russkiy (Vechernaya Moskva, 30 May 2006)

Over the 30 years of its musical career, the Terem Quartet has toured over 65 countries and performed in the world’s best concert venues, among them are: Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, UK) John`s Smith Square (London, UK), St. James’ Palace (London, UK), Olympia Hall (Paris, France) Theatre Chatelet (Paris, France), Salle Gaveau (Paris, France), Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany), Concertgebow (Amsterdam, Holland),
Conservatory G. Verdi (Torino, Italy), Theatre Alterosa (Belohorizonte, Brazil),Savoy Theatre (Helsinki, Finland),Filharmonia Narodowa (Warsaw, Poland),Opera Theatre (Brugge, Belgium),Opera Theatre (Bombay, India),
Latvian National Opera (Riga, Latvia),Adelaide Town Hall (Australia),New Fortune Theatre (Perth, Australia),Moscow Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia),Tchaikovsky Great Hall & Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow, Russia),The State Hermitage ( Petersburg, Russia),The Great and Small Philharmonic Halls (St.-Petersburg, Russia),The International House of Music (Moscow, Russia).

 The Terem Quartet has often acted as a cultural ’envoy’ of St. Petersburg and Russia, representing their native country on a global level. Among such significant appearances are the meeting of Pope John Paul II with Families of the World in Vatican (1994), concert in St. James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales (Charles) (1999), 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem (1996), G8 Summit in St. Petersburg (2006), Eurovision Song Contest (2009), Opening of the Sochi Olympics (2014), FIFA World Championships Draw (2015), and more. The uniqueness of the Terem Quartet has been documented by well-known television networks and filmmakers over the world, from the BBC to the Japanese NHK, the German-French ARTE, and the German’s ARD, as well as National Geographic.

The quartet has collaborated with numerous musicians, ensembles, symphony orchestras, including Bobby McFerrin, Richard Galliano, The Swingle Singers, Yuri Bashmet, Giora Feidman, Roby Lakatos, The Real Group, Alena Baeva, Carel Kraayenhof, Dora Schwarzberg, Igor Butman, Arkady Shilkloper, Daniel Kramer, Tim Kliphuis, Vladimir Chernov, Vassily Gerello, Coba,  Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (under direction of Maestro Mariss Jansons), Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi and many, many more…

Each concert of the Terem Quartet is a musical dialogue between the artists with the audience. The dialogue is sincere and exhilarating, sweeping away the language and cultural barriers. Musicians can help reveal the soul of the listener and turn to the light hidden in every one of us. This is achieved not only by masterly playing the instruments.

“We give you back now an almost forgotten component of music, when it ceases to be just entertainment, and becomes a magic power, bringing education, knowledge of the world, hope and joy of life in itself. It may even, perhaps, bring you a new meaning of life, – says the soloist of Terem Quartet Andrei Konstantinov. – We are not playing the music, it seems that it rather plays through us, and we are its agents speaking with the audience in its language”.

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ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM wtih Chamber or Symphony Orchestra


MASKED BALL


  • Concerto Grosso g-moll.
    (N. Budashkin — Terem Quartet, orchestration by E. Petrov)
  • The Little Prince. (M. Tariverdiev, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Preparance. (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Oblivion. (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Just dream. (F. Canaro, adapted by E. Petrov)
  • El Aeroplano, Creole waltz. (P. Datta, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • A Flea Waltz (Shave and a Haircut). (Terem Quartet)
  • A Stroll with Fellini.
    (N. Rota, adapted by Terem Quartet, orchestration by E. Petrov)
  • Waltz, a soundtrack to ‘Beware of the Car’. (A. Petrov, adapted by E. Petrov)
  • Imitating Albeniz. (R. Shchedrin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Time To Gather Stones Together. (E. Petrov)
  • Libertango. (A. Piazzolla, introduction by J. Bosso)
  • Oh, It’s Steppe All Around (Step da step krugom). (Russian folk song, adapted by E. Petrov)
  • Battle of Kerzhenets, a tone picture.
    (N. Rimsky-Korsakov, adapted by Terem Quartet and E. Petrov)
  • La Serenata, a musical tournament for two double basses. (E. Petrov)
  • Polovets Dances. (A. Borodin, adapted by E. Petrov)
  • Polonaise Oginski. (Terem Quartet)
  • Garden Symphony. (A. Tchaikovsky)
  • Overture to the opera ‘The Mermaid’. (A. Dargomyzhsky)

Performed with symphony and chamber orchestras such as:

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bremen Camerata

Chamber Orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi”

Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra

Yekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra

State Symphony Orchestra “New Russia”

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM with Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra


TEREM-QUARTET & RUSSIAN FOLK INSTRUMENTS ORCHESTRA


  • Concerto Grosso g-moll.
    (N. Budashkin, adapted by Terem Quartet, orchestration by E. Petrov)
  • Scotch Jig (J.S. Bach, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • The Little Prince. (M. Tariverdiev, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • A Flea Waltz (Shave and a Haircut). (Terem Quartet)
  • Once Upon a Time. (Terem Quartet)
  • A Stroll with Fellini.
    (N. Rota, adapted by Terem Quartet, orchestration by E. Petrov)
  • Waltz, a soundtrack to ‘Beware of the Car‘. (A. Petrov, adapted by E. Petrov)
  • Preparance.
    (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Oblivion.
    (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Time To Gather Stones Together. (E. Petrov)
  • Libertango.
    (A. Piazzolla, introduction by J. Bosso)
  • Oh, It’s Steppe All Around (Step da step krugom). (Russian folk song, adapted by E. Petrov)

VOCAL PROGRAMS with leading voices of the Mariinsky Theatre


IN SEARCH OF THE RUSSIAN IMAGE


  • Aria of Swan Princess from the opera ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’. (N. Rimsky-Korsakov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Russian folk song ‘ Travushka-muravushka’. (adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘At dawn you do not wake her’. (A. Varlamov, lyrics by A. Fet, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Russian folk song ‘Come Vanechka’ (Vanechka, prikhodi). (adapted by V. Garteveldt)
  • Russian folk song ‘I was in the garden’ (Ya v sadochke byla). (adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘Chto mne zhit` i tuzhit`’.(A. Varlamov, folk lyrics, adapted by D. Saliman-Vladimirov)
  • Vocalise. (S. Rachmaninoff, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘How Peaceful’. (S. Rachmaninoff, lyrics by G. Galina, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘I do not want’ (Ne khochu). (P. Bulakhov, lyrics by anonymous author, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘Oh, do not kiss me’. (A. Varlamov, lyrics by anonymous author, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘Zlota Rybka’ (the Goldfish). (S. Moniuszko, lyrics by J. Zachariasiewicz, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Svetlana’s Lullaby’ soundtrack to ‘The Hussar Ballad’. (T. Khrennikov, lyrics by A. Gladkov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Cradle Song ‘Sleep, My Baby Boy’, a soundtrack to ‘The Circus’. (I. Dunayevsky, lyrics by V. Lebedev-Kumatch, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Gipsy romance ‘Hey, once again’. (I. Vassiliev, lyrics by A. Grigoriev, adapted by Terem Quartet)

TEREM-QUARTET AND VASSILY GERELLO


  • Overture to the opera ‘The Barber of Seville’. (G. Rossini — Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘You can listen if you want’ (Slushaite, yesli khotite). (Music and lyrics by N. Shishkin)
  • Romance ‘Only once in your life could be the meeting’ (Tol’ko raz byvaet v zhizni vstrecha). (B. Fomin, lyrics by P. German)
  • Romance ‘Oh, If Only I Could Express in Sounds’(O, yesli b mog virazit’ v zvuke). (L. Malashkin, lyrics by G. Lishin)
  • Romance ‘Yamshik Ne Goni Loshadei’. (Ya. Feldman, lyrics by N. Ritter)
  • Old gipsy band song ‘Zhivyot Moya Otrada’. (M. Shishkin, lyrics by S. Ryskin)
  • Romance ‘Hey, Yamshik’. (A. Obukhov, lyrics by E. Yuriev)
  • Romance ‘Dorogoy dlinnoyu’. (B. Fomin, lyrics by K. Podrevsky)
  • Neapolitan song ‘Musica proibita’. (S. Gastaldon, lyrics by Flick-Flock)
  • Neapolitan song ‘Passione’. (V. Valente and E. Tagliaferri, lyrics by L. Bovio)
  • Neapolitan song ‘Parlami d’amore, Mariù’. (C. Bixio, lyrics by. E. Neri)
  • Neapolitan song ‘Mamma’. (C. Bixio, lyrics by B. Cherubini)
  • Neapolitan song ‘Enamored soldier’. (E. Kannio, lyrics by A. Califano)
  • Ukrainian folk song ‘Chornii brovi, karii ochi’. (lyrics by K. Dumitrashko)
  • Ukrainian folk song ‘Ridna mati moya’. (P. Maiboroda, lyrics by A. Malishko)
  • Ukrainian folk song ‘Chornobrivtsi’. (V. Vremenich, lyrics by N. Singaivsky)
  • Ukrainian folk song ‘Nich yaka misyachna’. (lyrics by M. Starits’ky)

RECITAL PROGRAMS


ONLY BACH & SCHUBERT


only F. Schubert

  • Ballet Music to H. von Chezy’s play ‘Rosamunde’ No. 2.
  • Ballade ‘Der Erlkonig’.
  • Serenade.
  • ‘Der Lindenbaum’, from the cycle of songs ‘Winterreise’.
  • ‘Der Leiermann’, from the cycle of songs ‘Winterreise’.
  • ‘Der Jager’, from the cycle of songs ‘Die schone Mullerin’.
  • ‘Wohin?’ from the cycle of songs ‘Die schone Mullerin’.
  • ‘Das Wandern’, from the cycle of songs ‘Die schone Mullerin’.
  • ‘Moment musical’ f-moll, оp. 94 No. 3.
  • ‘Marche Militaire’ No. 1, op. 51.


only I.S. Bach

  • Russian Passions on Toccata & Fuga in d-minor by J.S. Bach. (Toccata & Fuga d-moll BWV 565)
  • Choral prelude in f-minor. (‘Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ BWV 177)
  • Fuga Plyasovaya (Fugue-dance). (Fugue C-dur BWV 953)
  • Prelude & Tarantella. (Prelude and Fugue d-moll BWV 851)
  • Aria. (Aria from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D-Dur BWV 1068)
  • Gigue. (L’ultima Partita o Giguetta from Sarabande con Partite in C-dur BWV 990, No. 16)
  • Scotch Jig. (Gigue from Klavier Suite in g-moll BWV 822)
  • Shootkabacha. (‘Badinerie’ from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in h-moll BWV 1067)
  • Musette. (Musette from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach BWV Anh. 126)

STRANGER-LADY

with Alena Baeva (violin)


  • Fantasy on the themes of N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera ‘The Golden Cockerel’. (E. Zimbalist)
  • Romance. (R. Glier)
  • Prelude No. 3 ‘a la russe’. (G. Gershwin–Terem Quartet)
  • Rondo for violin and Terem Quartet. (Terem Quartet)
  • A Stranger Woman. (Yu. Falik, adapted by E. Petrov)
  • Five pieces.
    (D. Shostakovich, adapted by L. Atovmyan)
  • Prelude | Gavotte | Elegy | Waltz | Polka
  • La Cumparsita.
    (M. Rodriguez, adapted by J. Bosso & Terem Quartet)
  • Imitating Albeniz.
    (R. Shchedrin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso. (C. Saint-Saёns)
  • Sveitin Milli Sanda.
    (M.B. Johansson, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Adios Nonino (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Rondino. (J. Sibelius, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Oblivion. (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Libertango. (A. Piazzolla, introduction by J. Bosso)

CONFESSION OF THE HOOLIGANS


  • A Stroll with Fellini. (N. Rota, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Shootkabacha. (J.S. Bach, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • The Little Prince. (M. Tariverdiev, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Fantasy No.2 ‘Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky takes a stroll along the Fontanka river’ on themes of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s album ‘The Seasons’. (Terem Quartet)
  • Fantasy No. 3 ‘Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky visiting peoples of the North’ on themes of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s album ‘The Seasons’.(Terem Quartet)
  • The Story of a Birthday. (Terem Quartet)
  • Imitating Albeniz. (R. Shchedrin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Entre. (N. Rota, a soundtrack of ‘Eight and a half’ by F. Fellini)
  • Aria from the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. (H. Villa-Lobos, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • The Orphan’s Waltz. (Terem Quartet)
  • Prelude No. 3 ‘a la russe’. (G. Gershwin–Terem Quartet)
  • La Cumparsita. (M. Rodriguez, adapted by J. Bosso and Terem Quartet)
  • El Aeroplano, Creole waltz. (P. Datta, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Oblivion. (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Libertango. (A. Piazzolla, introduction by J. Bosso)
  • A Suite of 2 Character Dances. (Terem Quartet)
  • The Gipsy Girl. (A.Tsygankov)

RUSSIAN PAINTINGS


  • Musical fantasy on themes of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s album ‘The Seasons’. (Terem Quartet)
  • Rondino. (J. Sibelius, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • In Winter, fantasy on ‘Summertime’. (G. Gershwin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘The Swan Princess’ from the opera ‘The Tale
    of Tsar Saltan’. (N. Rimsky-Korsakov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘The Dark Eyes’, on a theme of the old Russian romance. (F. German, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Fugushka Pesnya’ (‘Fugue-song’), on a theme of Short Prelude and Fugue c-moll by J.S. Bach. (Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Fuga Plyasovaya’ (‘Fugue-dance’), on a theme of Fugue C-dur BWV 953 By J.S. Bach. (Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Rains of the City’. (Terem Quartet)
  • Vocalise. (S. Rachmaninoff, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Diplomat Waltz. (A. Griboyedov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Romance ‘How Peaceful’.
    (S. Rachmaninoff, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Travelling Song. (M. Glinka, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Poeme’. (Z. Fibich)
  • ‘Snowflakes’. (A. Tsfasman)
  • Tarantella from the ballet ‘Anyuta’. (V. Gavrilin)
  • Elegy. (D. Shostakovich)
  • Yamskaya. (V. Gavrilin, adapted by Terem Quartetа)

THE ROADS


  • ‘Das Wandern’, from the cycle of songs ‘Die schone Mullerin’. (F. Schubert, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Fuga Plyasovaya’ (‘Fugue-dance’), on a theme of Fugue C-dur BWV 953 by J.S. Bach (Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Fugushka Pesnya’ (‘Fugue-song’), on a theme of Short Prelude and Fugue c-moll by J.S. Bach. (Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Wohin?’, from the cycle of songs ‘Die schone Mullerin’. (F. Schubert, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Der Jager’, from the cycle of songs ‘Die schone Mullerin’. (F. Schubert, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • The Little Prince. (M. Tariverdiev, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Choral prelude F-moll, ‘Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’. (J.S. Bach, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Fantasy No. 3 ‘Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky visiting peoples of theNorth’on themes of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s album ‘The Seasons’. (Terem Quartet)
  • Fantasy No. 2 ‘Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky takes a stroll along the Fontanka river’ on themes of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s album ‘The Seasons’. (Terem Quartet)
  • Fantasy No. 1 ‘Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Drowsing at the Fireside’ on themes of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s album ‘The Seasons’. (Terem Quartet)
  • El Aeroplano, Creole waltz. (P. Datta, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • First Love but Shy. (Coba, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Chili con carne. (A. Edenroth, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • La Cumparsita. (M. Rodriguez, adapted by J. Bosso and Terem Quartet)
  • Preparance. (A. Piazzolla, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Sveitin Milli Sanda. (M.B. Johansson, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Besame Mucho. (C. Velazquez, adapted by Terem Quartet)

THE ELUSIVE AVENGERS (film music)


  • ‘The Magician’s song’ from the soundtrack to ‘A Usual Wonder’. (G. Gladkov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Chapliniana’ based on music by C.Chaplin. (Terem Quartet)
  • ‘Eternal Love’, a Fantasy based on soundtracks to ‘Amelie’,‘Tegeran – 43’, ‘The Irony of Fate’, ‘Le Jouet’.
    (Ya. Tiersen, G. Garvarentz, M. Tariverdiev, V. Cosma, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Choral Prelude in f-minor, a soundtrack to ‘Solaris’. (J.S. Bach, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • A soundtrack to ‘Un homme et une femme’. (F. Lai, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • A Stroll with Fellini. (N. Rota, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • A soundtrack to ‘Mission: Impossible’. (L. Schifrin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Overture to the film ‘Taming of the Fire’. (A. Petrov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Waltz from the opera ‘The Dawns Here Are Quiet’. (K. Molchanov, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • A soundtrack to ‘The Sannikov Land’, ‘There’s just a moment…’ (‘Est’ tol’ko mig’). (A. Zatsepin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘If a squeezebox could…’ (‘Yesli b garmoshka umela’),soundtrack to ‘Soldier Ivan Brovkin’. (A. Lepin, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • Soundtracks to ‘The Elusive Avengers’, ‘The Crown of the Russian Empire’. (B. Mokrousov, Ya. Frenkel, adapted by Terem Quartet)
  • ‘A Farewell Song’ from the soundtrack to ‘A Usual Wonder’. (G. Gladkov, adapted by Terem Quartet)

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