Reviews of different times


Gennady Rozhdestvensky, russian conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR, 02.09.2012
«The Beautiful Sveshnikov State Choir behalf of a grateful Gennady Rozhdestvensky”.


“Performance of “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” of Sergei Rachmaninoff by Russian State Academic Choir conducted by Yevgeny Volkov can be called outstanding. A deep understanding of music in conjunction with a subtle stylistic flair and flawless technique gave me real pleasure. Gennady Rozhdestvensky»

«Tagliche Rundschau»
1945, Germany
«Every farsighted German must see that the Russians sending us their music, their songs, to talk to the German people at the Humane dialect»
Zurab Tsereteli, Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor and architect,
People’s Artist of the USSR, 07.12.2012

“The best wishes to the Choir – with new Art Director”

«Nepszabadsag» 1970, Hungary
«Even a tenfold repetition could not calm the enthusiasm of visitors at this evening in Chapel at the Music Academy. The most impressionable moment was the treatment of Russian folk songs»
Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Georgian-Russian singer,
People’s Artist of Russia
«To dear friends with the best musical wishes! Thank you for the great music! Hope, we’ll meet on the stage! Always Your Tamara»
«Rude pravo», Czech
«The treasure of choral singing. The difference of genres and their modern interpretation shows that the choir represents in this sense the highest stage of progress. At the same time his skill helps to enrich and develop the modern elements of choral singing in the world»
Vladimir Jurowski, russian conductor,
«To Sveshnikov State Choir with gratitude and appreciation by Vladimir Jurowski»
«Freies Wort» 25.09.1970, Germany
«Today the whole world admired the Sveshnikov choir, beautiful sonorous soprano and alto, “courageous” tenors and “deep” Russian bass. Again, I mentally see before me nearly a hundred soloists in their evening parade, standing on the stage, conquering the audience, united by a single impulse. After each number the applause and cheers were forced the choir to perform an encore»
Svyatoslav Belza, Soviet Russian literary and musical scholar, critic and essayist, 27.03.2011

“Let the music never leaves us”

Yevgeny Mironov, russian artist,
People’s Artist of Russia
«What a joy to be with you. Your Evgeny Mironov»
«Praca» 1945,Czech
«…Sveshnikov founded and guided by Moscow exemplary school of choral singing for boys, where children are brought up from an early age as professional singers and conductors of the choirs. In this school, there is a large children’s choir, whose repertoire are the most difficult works of Russian and Western composers»
Iosif (Joseph) Kobzon, russian singer,
People’s Artist of the USSR
2011, 2012

«Renowned ensemble with the wishes of happiness and success»

«Growing up in the school choir always admired choral art. I am proud that in our country we have such ensemble. Thank you for joint performances! Happiness and good luck! Your fan – People’s Artist of the USSR – Iosif Kobzon»

Newspaper «Vart Land» 1947, Norway
«There are no words to express how perfect is the human voice. Impressions crystallize directly in one of the most powerful symbols of human achievement: in a word – BRILLIANT. Further attempts to describe the experienced delight and admiration – is useless»
Newspaper “Sovetskaya Kultura” 1990, USSR
«The State Academic Russian Choir is still ranked the best place, continuing and developing the great traditions of Russian classical choral singing..»
“Berliner Zeitung” 1974, Germany
«Who is looking for an exciting musical mirror of the Russian vocal soul, he finds it in the State Academic Russian Choir»


“Metropole”, 1958, Belgium
«We are amazed chorus artistry, its discipline, admire the purity, precision and grace of female voices, male voices warm, especially bass»
“Corriere della Sera”, 1965, Italy
«Clean, a uniform sound, perfect intonation, the highest level of performance – that is characteristic of this beautiful polyphonic ensemble»

«The Academic Choir’s performanse once again confirmed the glory that surrounds to him. Performance took place at an exceptionally high level. The merger of voices was perfect. This choir is strong, flexible, sometimes sad, sometimes solemn, capable to excite. The Choir led by specialist definitely with special talent»

Marius Stravinsky, british conductor
«Thank you for such a wonderful performance! Until the next time, Marius Stravinsky»
Yuri Simonov, russian conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR,
«Dear friends! Thank you for co-creation and … Till we meet again!! Y.Simonov»
Giya Kancheli, Georgian composer,
People’s Artist of the USSR, 10.11.2012
«Thank you!!! I bow to each participant magnificent Sveshnikov’s Choir. Good luck and health. Your Giya Kancheli»
USA, New York, 1994
Vladimir Fedoseyev,
russian conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR

“Thank you very much for everything, for your heart! With love. Your V.Fedoseyev ”

“My dear! Thank you for your love to music! With gratitude, your V.Fedoseyev “

“Mainichi Shimbun”, 1967, Japan
«The most remarkable feature of the choir – in its diversity and beauty of the voices. He reached the top, not only in the transmission of the national colors, but also in the level of true musical art»
“Les Cahiers du disque”, 1974, Франция
«Execution of “Vespers” by Rachmaninov, amazing in its beauty, is not inferior to a masterpiece, all the shine that sends a choir full of goodness»
Yuri Temirkanov,
russian conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR

«To my dear friends!!! With best wishes of success. Your Yuri Temirkanov»

“Kurjer Warszawski”, 1976, Poland
«Performance of the Academic Russian Choir was for audience a strong artistic experience. Evidence of huge admiration were shouts of “bravo” and real “occupation” of the hall for encore»


Newspaper “Le Monitor”,1958, Belgium
«This collective had a great and deserved success. This success can attributed not only to the quality of the voices that are equally wonderful and the strength and purity, but mainly related to its management and absolute mastery A.Sveshnikov.The big surprise and a delight for the audience was unusually delicate performance of one of our songs “Mi Katun” that the choir turned into a charming miniature, sung, by the way, on flemish. Equally fascinating was performed “Do not interrupt me cry”, a work that none Walloon choir, not even Liege choir on our memory, could not ever cause such striking and moving effects. Ah, the mysterious and fascinating Russia! Which with such skill, with charm, with a sense of artistry can dazzle and captivate us, and on the other hand cause us so much concern perplexities and anxieties»
“Le Soir”, 1958,
«Everything is a miracle of performance. Fluency in patter in humorous and comic songs, evenness of singing with closed mouth – unimaginable things …. the choir had a huge success. It was impossible to count the number of pieces performed an encore, so were a lot of»
Vassily Sinaisky, russian conductor,
«Meeting with your Choir once again confirmed that Moscow and Russia has always been rich in talent. Bright Future – here’s my verdict. Love, V. Sinaisky»
Fukui Akioka, painter, (Deputy Chairman of the department of the Company “Japan-USSR” in Toyama, Japan),


«Today I had the fortune to meet with you a second time. Wish you health»

“Tokio Shimbun”, 21.09.1962,, Japan
«Songs from Program of the Choir deeply connected with the life of people. The choir sings not only a song, but touches the soul. The sound of it subsides, then growing with enormous power. The voices of soloists sound sculptural, expressive. Particularly attracted the softness and penetration of performance»
“Il Nuovo Cittadino”06.10.1965, Italy
«Unity, softness, the skillful use of sound, subtle interpretation, the power – the whole range of the funds needed for the choral performance, amazingly concentrate in this ensemble, that has reached perfection»
Saint-Denis, France, 10.09.11974

«On behalf of the chief cleric of Saint-Denis, we thank the Choir for the concert, which is as beautiful as the cathedral, which was created for beauty»

«On behalf of the municipality of Saint-Denis, cultural center, the theater J. Philip, on behalf of a large audience, who came to the concert tonight, big, big thank you for such an example, such a concert that you have shown will allow everyone to understand what a great a nation that has decided to take over her conquest. Thank you all. With friendly greetings, Gonzales»

Vladislav Chernushenko,
russian conductor,
People’s Artist of the USSR
«To State Academic Choir of Russia (USSR), to the great ensemble – pride of our Motherland from State Capella of Petersburg our love and wishes for the greatest success in the holy niche of art of russian singing»
Yuri Poteenko, composer, choir conductor, 2010
«Great collective great Russian tradition today in all its splendor! I bow to the skill and talent of Boris Tevlin*! Good luck, success and great achievements»

* Artistic director of Choir from 2008 to 2012 гг.
Maxim Vengerov, Russian and Israeli violinist, violist, conductor, 2010
«With much gratitude and admiration! Your fan, Maxim Vengerov»
Suzuki Isao, Musical Union of workers and employees, 70th, Tohoku region, Japan

«The progress of cultural exchange between the two countries through music – is very important. Let us fight together for peace!»

Alexander Zhurbin, russian composer, 03.11.2010
«To the brilliant ensemble, the Sveshnikov State Academic Russian Choir, with great appreciation for teamwork! I hope it will be continued! Composer Alexander Zhurbin»
Newspaper “Hoti Shimbun”, 22.09.1962, Japan
«Our hopes about the choir were materialized. The first performance had a huge success, many performances were an encore. Students came to the excitement and were mad with delight. Upon returning from the concert on the road and in the cafe, I heard rave reviews from the audience. They admired the low notes of the bass, the power of voices coming from the depths»
Rodion Shchedrin, russian composer,
People’s Artist of the USSR, 03.01.1974,
«Many thanks to my dear teacher and a wonderful collective from one of the grateful author»


«Many thanks for “Boyarina*”. It was magnificently! Bravo to Boris Tevlin. Your Rodion Shchedrin»

*Boyarina Morozova, choral opera
“L’avvenire d’Italia”, 13.10.1965, Italy
«Indeed, the Russian ensemble is a miracle of technical precision and stylistic perfection of his homeland»
“L’Unità”, 1965, Italy
«Purity, a single sound, perfect intonation, the high level of musical performance – this is the characteristic of the Moscow Academic Choir,  of wonderful polyphonic ensemble. The success of choir is huge… »

«It seems that for the Russian choir there are no difficulties for performing … The choir finds a true style and the way of expression, which are the most accurate and correct in terms of taste and conformity of time»

“Boras Tidning”, 1947,


«…Conductor* – a magician, and his choir is amazing, with fresh voices, with smooth  sound, like an orchestra. Naturally, all came to the delight on typical Russian bass profundo, but other voices were also smooth and euphonious»

*Alexander Sveshnikov
Galina Vishnevskaya, russian opera singer,
People’s Artist of the USSR, 2011

«Always good luck! G.Vishnevskaya»