“What the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra did during the Malta International Musci Festival is quite impressive,” says Krzysztof Penderecki. The latter was an honored guest of the festival.
May 1st was the closing day of the Malta International Music Festival which was being held since April 15 in the cultural capital of Europe, Valetta.
The closing gala concert of the festival was broadcasted by euronews.com. During the evening, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed Malta Suite, Op.3 by Charles Camilleri, excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet” Suites, Op.64 by Sergei Prokofiev, Chaconne in memoria Giovanni Paolo II by Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as the Verdiana for Clarinet and Orchestra by the festival’s resident composer Alexey Shor. This last piece was performed by the famous Austrian clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer.
It’s important to note that according to the festival’s resident composer Alexey Shor these two weeks were simply fantastic. He also highlighted the incredible efforts that the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra has put into making the vision of these concerts a reality.
Latvian composer and musicologist Georgs Pelēcis, who has also been Aram Khachaturian’s student, noted that he was very happy to participate in the Armenian Cultural Days in Malta. He said, "Aram Khachaturian is a world-wide composer. It was interesting to feel this very Armenian nature of the festival. I am proud to have been one of Aram Khachatrian’s students.”
Elżbieta Penderecka noted that the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra did a great job and that it was not an easy task to perform such a rich program nearly every day with world-class artists. She added that not every orchestra is capable of doing this.
Andreas Ottensamer who was performing “Verdiana” by Alexey Shor during the closing concert noted that this work is an ideal fusion of different styles and genres. He also mentioned that Shor’s music is lyrical and easy-to-understand for the audience.
By the way, the final chord of the concert and the festival itself was also Armenian.The orchestra performed Aram Khachaturian’s Lezginka from “Gayane” without the conductor.