Shostakovich- Symphonies Nos 2 & 11 (2010)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

To everything, there is a time
Shostakovich wrote his Eleventh Symphony in 1957. Politically, this was the time of the Thaw in the Soviet Union: the Stalinist regime had been officially condemned and there was now more freedom for Russian society to offer hopeful acceptance to each new movement of creative and artistic expression. Some were perceived as major events, even if they had no substance, some were enveloped in an atmosphere of civic re-awakening (for example, Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago). Subsequently, the 1950s could be regarded as the completion of the ‘charismatic cycle’ in Russian culture, which had been forcibly interrupted by Stalinist ideologues.

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Shostakovich- Symphonies Nos 2 & 11 (2010)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd,John Newton & Dirk Sobotka,
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 2 - i. Largo - Poco Meno Mosso - Allegro Molto
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Symphony No. 2 - ii. - Meno Mosso - Moderato
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Symphony No. 2 - iii. Chorus- "To October
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Symphony No. 11 - i. The Palace quare- Adagio
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Symphony No. 11 - ii. The 9th of January- Allegro
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Symphony No. 11 - iii. In Memoriam- Adagio
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Symphony No. 11 - iv. Tocsin- Allegro Non Troppo
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