Uzhgorod Philharmonic

Uzhgorod Philharmonic

 

In 1904 in Uzhgorod, which at that time was included in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the communities of Ashkenazi Jews commissioned to build a synagogue. This beautiful, neo-Moorish style building was designed by architects D. Papp and F. Cablecam. After the war, with the impoverishment of the Jewish community of the city, the synagogue was transferred to the Transcarpathian Regional Philharmonic, which rebuilt the building to suit their needs. The prayer hall was divided into two floors, a foyer and lobby were attached, and instead of the translucent glass roof, a wood-tin roof was constructed in order to block the light from the glass-stained ceiling. Despite the reconstruction, part of the hall with the surviving dome had excellent acoustic characteristics. On the Transcarpathian Philharmonic stage many famous artists performed throughout the years like: S. Richter, E. Gilels, D. Oistrakh, M. Rostropovich and various others. In May of 2011, the male choir “Optina Pustyn” performed in the Philharmonic Hall, and after this concert an idea was born to record the “Roman” part of the project “Songs of Ancient Church” in the unique, acoustic Hall.

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