translation of the article http://www.ria.ru/culture/20120613/671935123.html
of June - RIA News. World known project "Era" performed with a live
show for the first time in the world in Moscow at Day of Russia on the stage of
Crocus City Hall, where presented its best songs accompanied by russian
musicians and singers.
evening the project existed only in studio records and russian audience had a
chance to be the first one that will see "Era" by their own eyes.
Though the chance was used not by as many people as was possible - about
quarter of the hall was empty. But those who wasn't lazy on the holiday to get
to the 65th km of Moscow Ring Road saw the delightful show and listened to Era's
hits that were amazing already in studio records but in live performance they rocked
by their power and greatness.
first few seconds audience was charmed by howling sounds of the wind that were beginning
of one of the main songs of the project - "Enae Volare". After such
powerful performance the leader of the project, french composer and multi-instrumentalist
Eric Levi, that appeared on the stage as a part of his rock band, greeted the
evening, Moscow" - he said in Russian and then continued in English: "As
you can know this is the very first time we have performing on the stage. For
this special occasion we came to Moscow to be here with you tonight. I hope
you'll enjoy the show."
Along with Levi's
musicians English Chamber Choir, that sounded in all Era's records, took part
in premier concert conducted by Guy Protheroe, that also performs main male
parts in project's songs. Besides that russian musicians were also invited to
take part in premier - string section of Grand Concert Orchestra named after
Silantyev and Grand Choir of The Russian State TV and Radio Music Centre "Masters
of Choral Singing".
that were behind main musicians added medieval atmosphere to the show and
voices of choir were flying under the dome of the hall like in a gothic
2-hours concert more than 20 compositions were played. Among them were Sentence,
Looking For Something, Reborn, Dark Voices, Avemano, Don't Go Away, Mother, The
Mass, If You Shout, Era, Misere Mani, Prayers, Sempire Dia More, As The Rain
Fell In My Room, I Believe, Abbey Road Blues, Voxifera and Kilimandjaro.
performed by 3 female singers: 2 regular participants of the project "Era"
- Lena Jinnegren and Florence Dedam and also invited singer from Syria Racha
Rizk. Singers replaced each other almost on every song but they prepared to the
meeting with russian public and after each song thanked the audience in russian
language for heavy applause.
there was a special invited guest - famous opera singer Fabrice Mantegna, that
performed Devore Amante. As Levi told, the singer heard this song many years
ago and fall in love at once, so there was no need to persuade him to sing the
song at concert in Moscow.
performance act was accompanied by pieces of Era's gorgeous clips that were shown
on the screen behind the stage. Singers performed on background of flowers
under the rain, water sparkling in sun's light, gothic vitrage behind that a
storm was. While performing some songs special clips were shown underlining the
historical context due to the use of medieval stuff.
the end of the show impressed spectators started to present flowers to
performers, and singers got also plush toys. Fabrice Mantegna was nearly lucky
too - one of the touched female
spectators presented him her little girl together with flowers though changed
her mind on time and took the girl back.
At the last
song of the main program "A Brand New Day" all three female singers came.
Levi asked the audience to sing along with them and Lena Jinnegren promised
that the text would be very simple - na-nana-nana. The song was so driving that
not only the audience sang along with singers and clapped but also members of choir
and orchestra on the stage.
performed an encore its main hit "Ameno" and also "Sinfoni
Deo" and was rewarded by great ovation with whistling and admiring screams
"Bravo". At the end Levi thanked
the audience, called it fantastic and hid behind the scenes to replay the show
at Crocus City Hall next day.