City Bank, the Organ Hall - Classical and Romantic in the center of the city. Even in ancient Greece, Orpheus could pacify the beasts to their singing, in the construction of Thebes, the sounds of Lira Amfiona stones themselves fell. Such miracles are not happening, but the music is still able to perform miracles, hope and faith in the human soul. It is not the same ancient Greeks were convinced that the stars and lights, moving across the sky, make sounds, such as those that can be drawn from the instruments, and the term «Harmony» still used in almost all spheres of life, but was originally coined for characteristics of the melody.
This temple, a haven for, alas, a few connoisseurs of classical music, an Organ Hall. Aspirations up the dome, the sculptures of angels, looking proudly at the hurrying human, majestic columns - the building is already a century as adorns the main street of the capital.
The history of this model of grace began in 1902 when the city was designed to build a separate building for the City Bank. As usual, announced a competition of projects, identified the amount of prize winner - solid in those times the amount of 1500 rubles.
Of the many sketches and calculations submitted by the City Duma has attracted the attention of just one - it is strikingly different from other lines of thought and elegance, thought forms, and just ... beautiful. Sam Alexander Bernardazzi approved the choice. The author of the project was a 38-year-old engineer, kishinevets Michael Chekerul-Kush. By the time he managed to work the architect of the city, became the head of the executive building committee, headed by the city fire department - ancestress of the current MOE. On account of this talented engineer has been the development of the project the façade Gerbovetskoy community (now this clinic Lechsanupra at the intersection of streets Pircalab Vlaicu and Veronica Mikle), the theater project «Pushkinskaya audience» (the building was located on the corner of Pushkin and Mateevici not preserved). Yet the draft City Bank is very different from all previous works. This sound combination of classicism and romanticism has borne fruit: the building is monumental, but still light and air, domes soar above the green light, columns, protected by the lions, stretch skyward. The rich sculptural decoration attached to the building of completeness, forcing even the root kishinevtsev once again to stop and zameret ecstatic. Sorry, only figurine of Mercury has not survived: nudity God of Commerce, at some point one of the troubled city officials the Soviet period, it was ordered: discourage «sramnoe» place (why not cover up!) - Such abuse is not a statue stood, began dilapidate. So what now remains of Mercury are based on the former warehouses VDNHa hidden from the curious looks. But the building marked by an enviable persistence: "Even during World II, when the center of the city was destroyed, the City Bank survived only eternal fairly patted the lions had to rebuild. New Life Building has another well-known personality in Moldova - Ivan Bodyul. For 19 years the firm hand he rules TSKKP MSSR, resulting in, among other things, the emergence of 14 new houses, development of a network of bookshops «Luminita», felt the support of composers, writers and poets. If you believe the popular rumors, the daughter of powerful ruler was musically gifted, graduated from Conservatory and very experienced, that in Chisinau no decent place for concerts of classical music. Here's a loving fath
er and puzzled musical authorities search space. The building of the bank always amazing acoustics, so after a short search, and was chosen for reorganization under the Organ Hall. Thus, 1978 became a turning point in the fate of the former City Bank - 16 September, here were the first note.
Designed to fully managed - so far stopping musicians surprised Chisinau clean sounding body, and connoisseurs of classical art have been able to enjoy the works of Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven, Shostakovich and other great composers.
Photo by Valerii Corcimari