Shostakovich- Symphony No. 9, Violin Concerto No. 1 (2015)

Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

The expectations and the reality. During the spring of 1945, World War II was drawing to an end in Europe; the battle for Berlin was proving a huge bloodbath, but victory was close at hand, and everybody in the Soviet Union could feel it. In January 1945, thirty-eight-year-old Dmitri Shostakovich had set to work on composing a grand major-scale symphony. This information gained official status and the wait for the auspiciously numbered Ninth Symphony began. However, the work made little progress, and in May 1945, in the aftermath of victory, Shostakovich embarked on a new version of the symphonic apotheosis. Again it ground to a halt. ‘I am simply envious of those who can compose,’ Shostakovich said in the presence of his students, and this could be taken to mean he was sapped of the creative, perhaps also of the physical, strength needed for a new chapter in his symphonic series, similar in scale to his symphonies No 7 and 8. Yet at the third attempt he settled down to work on his Ninth and in the space of a month, August 1945, he composed the 22-minute score with paired instrumentation. needed for a new chapter in his symphonic series, similar in scale to his symphonies No 7 and 8. Yet at the third attempt he settled down to work on his Ninth and in the space of a month, August 1945, he composed the 22-minute score with paired instrumentation.

 

 

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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.

Leonidas Kavakos

Leonidas Kavakos is recognised as one of the world’s greatest violinists, and was voted Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014. Born and raised in a musical family in Athens, he studied at the Hellenic Conservatory with Stelios Kafantaris, one of the three important mentors in his life, together with Josef Gingold and Ferenc Rados.
By the age of 21 Leonidas Kavakos had already won three major competitions: the Sibelius Competition (1985), and the Paganini and Naumburg competitions (1988). This led to his making the first recording in history of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903/4) – winning Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award in 1991 – and being accorded the honour of performing on the famous ‘Il Cannone’ Guarneri del Gesù, which belonged to Paganini.

Kavakos works with the world’s major orchestras and conductors – the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Chailly, Eschenbach), Berliner Philharmoniker (Rattle), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Jansons, Gatti), London Symphony Orchestra (Gergiev, Rattle) and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Chailly). He also works closely with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre de Paris, among many others. He has recently established a strong profile as a conductor, working with orchestras that include the London and Boston Symphony orchestras, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Leonidas is an exclusive Decca Classics artist. His recordings for the label include Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Enrico Pace (leading to the 2013 ECHO Klassik ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award), Brahms Violin Concerto, and Brahms Violin Sonatas with Yuja Wang. He has also recorded for BIS, ECM, and Sony Classical. Kavakos has always retained strong links with his native Greece. For 15 years he curated a chamber music cycle at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron). For the past two years he has curated an annual violin and chamber-music masterclass in Athens.
Leonidas Kavakos plays the ‘Abergavenny’ Stradivarius violin of 1724 and owns modern violins by F. Leonhard, S.P. Greiner, E. Haahti, C.Reuning, and D. Bague, and bows by F.X. Tourte, D. Peccatte, and J.P.M. Persois.
Leonidas Kavakos appears courtesy of Decca Classics.

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Shostakovich- Symphony No. 9, Violin Concerto No. 1 (2015)

Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

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This interpretation proves incredibly rich... tense with emotion.

Shostakovich- Symphony No. 9, Violin Concerto No. 1 (2015)

Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Vladmir Ryabenko
Producer: Vladmir Ryabenko
Recording Engineer: Vladmir Ryabenko
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Recording Software: Merging Pyramix
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Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70: i. Allegro
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Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70: ii. Moderato
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Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70: iii. Presto
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Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70: iv. Largo
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Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70: v. Allegretto - Allegro
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Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99: i. Nocturne: Moderato
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Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99: ii. Scherzo: Allegro
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Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99: iii. Passacaglia: Andante - Cadenza
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Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99: iv. Burlesque: Allegro con brio - Presto
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