In 2013, the administration of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia made a decision to recreate the woodwind Quintet of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia. The ensemble included the best woodwind soloists not only of the Bolshoi orchestra, but of the entire country: Nikolai Popov (flute), Sergei Lysenko (oboe), Sergei Petrov (clarinet), Andrei Rudometkin (bassoon), Alexei Raev (French Horn). In the spring of 2013, in the Beethoven Hall of the Bolshoi Theater, a cycle of three concerts was held, where the performers were introduced as soloists, and then the quintet performed as the culmination of the performance. These concerts became the presentation of the Quintet.
Already the collective’s repertoire includeds a large number of classical works—quintets by Dyadov, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky (the «Nutcracker» suite), Musorgsky («Pictures at an Exhibition) and Prokofiev (the suite from the ballet «Romeo and Julliet»), Svetlanov («The Village Day»), Reicha, Danzi, Resler, Brahms, Nielsen, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Hindemith, etcetera. Additionally, the members of the collective already created several works specifically for themselves, and these were performed during concerts, and met with a rapturous reception by the public—especially Fantasy based on the themes of Tchaikovsky’s opera «Queen of Spades» by S. Lysenko and «Carnival of Animals and Insects» by N. Popov.
The history of the woodwind Quintet of the Bolshoi Theater starts in the middle of the twentieth century, when the collective included such outstanding orchestra soloists as E. Ignatenko (flute), M. Orudzhev (oboe), I. Butyrski (clarinet), P. Savelyev (bassoon) and A. Ryabinin (French Horn). Subsequently, the make-up of the collective changed, but it consistently featured only the best woodwind performers—soloists of the Bolshoi Theater orchestra like flutist A. Golyshev, oboist S. Budukov, clarinetist E. Myasnikov, bassoonists Y. Rudometkin and B. Bogorad, French horn players I. Lifanovsky and V. Tarasov. From the moment of its founding, the woodwind Quintet of the Bolshoi Theater was actively putting on concerts in Moscow and other cities of the USSR, as well as beyond Soviet borders. The end of the 1990s marked a moment of rupture for the history of the collective.
This season the Quintet will perform several concerts in the Beethoven hall of the Bolshoi Theater, the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Concert Hall of Russian Gnesin Academy of Music. The first CD of the Quintet is in production, and it will debut in the fall of 2014 in the Beethoven hall of the Bolshoi Theater.