RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 1, STRAVINSKY Capriccio, SHCHEDRIN Piano Concerto No 2 (2015)

Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Shchedrin

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

This new release is particularly interesting. We wanted to showcase important Russian composers from diff erent eras: Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Shchedrin. Rachmaninov’s first concerto is one of my favourites; it is full of youthfulness, even though this is the later revision, edited by the composer. This composition was written while he was still at the Conservatory, and is one of the most moving and melancholy concertos. Despite his youth, Rachmaninov is revealed here as a profound artist. All his themes are quite astonishing. His genius shines through in this moving work, with all of its youthful naivet.. I haven’t played this work as oft en as the rest of his concertos, but, all the same, Gergiev and I have played it a number of times in Europe and it has been very well received. I think Rachmaninov is one of Gergiev’s favourite composers, too. Because of the breadth, the scale, his music is brought out really vividly by orchestras under Gergiev’s direction. And that is particularly true of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

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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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RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 1, STRAVINSKY Capriccio, SHCHEDRIN Piano Concerto No 2 (2015)

Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Shchedrin

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Producer: Philipp Nedel,
Recording Engineer: Martin Kistner, Fyodor Naumov
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg Russia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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MAR0587: RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 1, STRAVINSKY Capriccio, SHCHEDRIN Piano Concerto No 2
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Piano Concerto No 1- i. Vivace
Rachmaninov
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Piano Concerto No 1- ii. Andante
Rachmaninov
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Piano Concerto No 1- iii. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov
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Capriccio- i. Presto
Stravinsky
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Capriccio- ii. Andante rapsodico
Stravinsky
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Capriccio- iii. Allegro capriccioso ma tempo giusto
Stravinsky
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Piano Concerto No 2- i. Dialogues- Tempo rubato
Shchedrin
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Piano Concerto No 2- ii. Improvisations- Allegro
Shchedrin
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Piano Concerto No 2- iii. Contrasts- Andante - Allegro
Shchedrin
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