Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Biography

Born: May 4, 1931; Moscow, Russia  
Rozhdestvensky was the son of conductor Nikolai Anosov and soprano Natalya Rozhdestvenskaya. A pupil at the Gnesin School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory school for children, he entered the Conservatory in 1941 to study conducting with his father and piano with Lev Oborin. While still at the Conservatory, Rozhdestvensky conducted Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theater. Following his graduation in 1954, he was appointed assistant Read more conductor at the Bolshoi and in 1956 made his first visit to England with the Bolshoi Ballet. In 1961, Rozhdestvensky was named artistic director of the Soviet Radio Symphony Orchestra, remaining there until 1974. Three years later, he became Bolshoi's youngest principal conductor, remaining at that post until 1970. During the Soviet era, Rozhdestvensky programmed music by contemporary foreign composers, most likely alienating the Soviet musical establishment; nevertheless, as chief conductor and director of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, he was allowed to lead performances of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Benjamin Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as works by Poulenc, Hindemith, Orff, and other composers that were new to Soviet audiences. He also revived the symphonies of Sergey Prokofiev, who was regarded with suspicion in Russia, having lived in America from 1918 to 1936. Only the most eminent and respected Russian musicians were allowed extensive foreign tours, and Rozhdestvensky visited many European countries, the U.S., and Japan. He also appeared several times in Britain, mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Covent Garden. In 1971, he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in three Promenade Concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. The following year, Rozhdestvensky became music director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Artistic director of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 1974-77, he was principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1981. His next post was principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed until 1983. In 1982, he founded, and became chief conductor of, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture in Moscow. In 1987, Rozhdestvensky started teaching conducting at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna. The Stockholm Philharmonic hired him as conductor in 1991, and three years later he was appointed chairman of the Bolshoi's artistic committee. Rozhdestvensky has maintained his reputation for adventurous programming in his many recordings and live performances. Known for his balanced and refined interpretations of Romantic and twentieth century music, he premiered numerous twentieth century works, including Denisov's Symphony for Two String Orchestras and Percussion (dedicated to Rozhdestvensky), Buzko's White Nights, Shchedrin's Carmen Suite, Prokofiev's opera The Gambler, Schnittke's Symphony No. 2 "St. Florian" and Gerhard's Don Quixote. An enthusiastic champion of contemporary composers, Rozhdestvensky has also performed works by Kancheli, Mirzoian, Organesian, and Skoryk. Rozhdestvensky's writings include Techniques of Orchestral Direction and Reflections on Music. He is married to Viktoria Postnikova, a pianist. Read less
Tchaikovsky: The Oprichnik / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94390   Number of Discs: 3
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Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies / Fedoseyev, Rozhdestvensky, Simonov
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94307   Number of Discs: 7
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The Russian Archives - Rozhdestvensky Conducts Shostakovich
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 9273   Number of Discs: 3
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Biography

Born: May 4, 1931; Moscow, Russia  
Rozhdestvensky was the son of conductor Nikolai Anosov and soprano Natalya Rozhdestvenskaya. A pupil at the Gnesin School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory school for children, he entered the Conservatory in 1941 to study conducting with his father and piano with Lev Oborin. While still at the Conservatory, Rozhdestvensky conducted Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theater. Following his graduation in 1954, he was appointed assistant Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Requiem
I. Dedication
II. Introduction
III. -
IV. -
V. -
VI. -
VII. -
VIII. -
IX. -
X. The Sentence
XI. To Death
XII. -
XIII. Crucifixion
XIV. -
XV. -
XVI. Epilogue
XVII. Epilogue II
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. The Clowns
II. The Magician and the Witch play cards
III. March
IV. Scherzo
V. The Prince and Princess
VI. The Flight
I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
IV. Largo
V. Allegretto
Part I: Waldmachen (Forest Legend)
Part II: Der Spielmann (The Minstrel)
Part III: Hochzeitsstuck (Wedding Piece)
I. Mars, the Bringer of War
II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
VI. Uranus, the Magician
VII. Neptune, the Mystic
Prologue
Act I: Flute solo
Act I: Funeral procession
Act I: Chorus of the mountain spirits
Act I: Adagio - Tempo di marcia - Allegro non troppo - Andantino - Andante espressivo
Act II: A beautiful square in Isfahan
Act II: Distant festival music
Act II: Genie of the Lamp
Act II: Gulnare and Aladdin (Love scene)
Act III: Genie of the Lamp
Act III: Oriental festival march
Act III: Andante
Act III: March
Act III: Chinese dance
Act III: Prisoner's dance
Act III: Hindu dance
Act III: Blackamoor's dance
Act III: Dance and chorus
Act IV: Gulnare's song
Act IV: Poco adagio
Act IV: Genie of the Lamp
Act IV: Aladdin's dream - Dance of the morning mists
Act IV: Andantino maestoso
Act IV: Aladdin visiting his mother's grave,"Aladdin's lullaby"
Act IV: Andante maestoso
Act V: Andante
Act V: Andante con moto
Act V: Fatime's evening song
Act V: The Messenger and the Ghost
Act V: The struggle between Hindbad and Aladdin
Act V: Eulogy (All the good genies)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op.19: I. Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op.19: II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op.19: III. Moderato
Sonata for 2 Violins, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): I. Andante cantabile
Sonata for 2 Violins, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): II. Allegro
Sonata for 2 Violins, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): III. Comodo (quasi anima)
Sonata for 2 Violins, Op.56 (1996 - Remaster): IV. Allegro con brio
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco
Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129 - 1. Nicht zu schnell
Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129 - 2. Langsam
Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129 - 3. Sehr lebhaft
The Protecting Veil: The Protecting Veil
The Protecting Veil: The Nativity of the Mother of God
The Protecting Veil: The Annunciation
The Protecting Veil: The Incarnation
The Protecting Veil: The Lament of the Mother of God at the Cross
The Protecting Veil: The Resurrection
The Protecting Veil: The Dormition
The Protecting Veil: The Protecting Veil
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Introduzione: Lento
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Marcia: Allegro
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Canto: Con moto
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Dialogo: Allegretto
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Fuga: Andante espressivo
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Moto perpetuo: Presto
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Passacaglia: Lento solenne
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Mournful Song (Under the Little Apple Tree): Molto semplice
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Autumn: Vivace
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Street Song (The Grey Eagle): Pesante
Third Suite for Cello Op. 87: Grant repose together with the saints: Lento
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
I. Allegro moderato e marcato - Vivace - Piu lento - Tempo I - Vivace - Tempo I - Presto
II. Allegretto grazioso - Piu mosso - Tempo I
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante - Allegro molto e risoluto - Piu tranquillo - Tempo I - Presto
No. 1. Prelude: In the King's Hall
No. 2. Intermezzo: Borghild's Dream
No. 3. Hommage March
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Op. 107 (1997 Digital Remaster): Allegretto
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Op. 107 (1997 Digital Remaster): Moderato -
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Op. 107 (1997 Digital Remaster): Cadenza -
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Op. 107 (1997 Digital Remaster): Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19: I. Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19: II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 19: III. Moderato
Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129 - 1. Nicht zu schnell
Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129 - 2. Langsam
Schumann: Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129 - 3. Sehr lebhaft
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco
I. Antichrist: Prelude
II. At the End of Time -
III. Towards the End of the World -
IV. The Catastrophe
I. Furiously fast - faster
II. Agitatedly fast - slow
I. Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro moderato
I. Moderato, un poco maestoso
II. Vivace, ma non troppo
III. Lento, ma non troppo
Overture - Prologue: Meeting you here we do not want superfluous words (Lyusya, Sergey, Boris, Drebednyov, Barabashkin)
Overture - Prologue: That's right! Music ... (Drebednyov, Babourov, Conductor, Chorus)
Overture - Prologue: Well I've lived for fifty years on Tyoplyi Lane (Babourov, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: That's the way that our grandfathers and great grandfathers (Bubentsov, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Now please step into the next hall, comrades! (Bubentsov, Lidochka, Masha)
Act I Scene 1: Duet: When I am wondering along the streets (Bubentsov, Masha)
Act I Scene 1: Pantomime: Goodbye, Masha! (Bubentsov, Masha)
Act I Scene 1: What time is it? (Sergey, Boris)
Act I Scene 1: Boris's Aria: That's nice! (Sergey, Boris)
Act I Scene 1: I've come back to Moscow ... (Boris, Sergey, Conductor)
Act I Scene 1: Taram-param, nina nina Spring, "Boris's Song-serenade" (Boris)
Act I Scene 1: Have you only just got here? (Lidochka, Boris)
Act I Scene 1: I used to go to school and when I get home, I remember, "Lidochka's Song" (Lidochka)
Act I Scene 1: Lidochka, Lidochka ... (Baburov, Lidochka, Masha, Sergey, Bubentsov, Boris)
Act I Scene 1: Excursion around Moscow: I beg your forgiveness (Boris, Baburov, Bubentsov, Masha, Lidochka, Sergey)
Act 1 Intermezzo: Where's the car? (Drebednyov, Vava)
Act I: Intermezzo: Duet: Look into my eyes, my darling! (Drebednyov, Vava)
Act I: Intermezzo: End of excursion around Moscow: Put your foot down (Boris)
Act I Scene 2: Semyon Semyonovich ... (Bubentsov, Baburov, Masha, Sergey, Lyusha, Boris, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Ensemble of Residents: A furniture shop (Nervous Lady, Neighbour, Kurochkin, Man in a cap, Wife, Husband, Sergey, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Sergey's song about Mar'ina Roshcha: It's simple to fall in love (Sergey, Baburov)
Act I Scene 2: Baburov's song about Tyolpi Lane: If you want to get to know Moscow (Baburov, Taxi driver)
Act I Scene 2: So it's Tyoplyi lane then? (Lyusya, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Song about Cheremushki: Cheremushki ... (Lyusya, Boris, Sergey, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: The manager! The manager! (Barabashkin, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: What are you thinking of, citizens? (Barabashkin, Lidochka, Boris, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Anyway ... (Boris, Lidochka)
Act I Scene 2: Valka! (Boris, Vava, Drebednyov, Sergey, Barabashkin, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: We haven't received the authorisation yet (Drebednyov, Barabashkin, Chorus)
Act I: Finale: Cheremushki ... (Vava, Boris, Lidochka, Chorus)
Act II: Intermezzo: Barabashkin's Couplets: Have you no patience? (Barabashkin)
Act II Scene 3: That's it Lidochka, that's it! (Boris, Lidochka)
Act II Scene 3: Duet: I prostrate myself before thee, fair maiden! (Boris, Lidochka)
Act II Scene 3: You are not angry my valiant sir? (Lidochka, Boris, Baburov, Lyusya)
Act II Scene 3: Duet: We went for a stroll beyond the river (Lyusya, Sergey)
Act II Scene 3: Oh, what was that? (Lyusya, Sergey, Barabashkin, Drebednyov, Vava)
Act II Scene 3: Barabashkin's and Drebednyov's Couplets: You can't make your way in life (Barabashkin, Drebednyov)
Act II Scene 3: Fedya! (Vava, Drebednyov, Barabashkin, Boris, Lidochka)
Act II Scene 3: Duet: It's somehow all so stupid (Boris, Lidochka)
Act II Scene 3: So where is the young man? (Baburov, Lidochka, Drebednyov, Barabashkin, Vava)
Act II Scene 3: We have a deed to prove this ... (Drebednyov, Barabashkin, Baburov, Lidochka, Lyusya, Boris)
Act II: Intermezzo: And where are you off to? ... (Sergey, Lyusya, Chorus)
Act II: Intermezzo: Song: Moscow nestles on the skyline (Lyusya, Chorus)
Act II Scene 4: Let's have some tea (Masha, Bubentsov)
Act II Scene 4: Duet: The bell, the bell ... (Bubentsov, Masha)
Act II Scene 4: Masha, it's someone ringing for us! (Bubentsov, Masha, Husband, Wife, Neighbour, Mylkin, Kurochkin, Kurochkina)
Act II Scene 4: Polka: Call in! (Masha, Bubentsov, Wife, Kurochkin, Husband, Neighbour [f.], Mylkin, Kurochkina, Chorus)
Act II Scene 4: Guests! (Masha, Husband, Wife, Neighbour, Bubentsov, Mylkin, Kurochkin, Sergey, Lyusya, Chorus)
Act II Scene 4: Song about Cheremushki: Cheremushki (Chorus)
Act II: Intermezzo: Where can we go now? (Lidochka, Boris)
Act II Intermezzo: Ballet: Who is that? (Lidochka, Boris)
Act II Intermezzo: Apotheosis
Act II: Intermezzo: That was the move to the new flat ... (Boris, Lidochka, Vava)
Act II: Finale: What is it to me? (Lidochka)
Act III: Entr'acte
Act III: Scene: Cheremushki! (Baburov, Chorus)
Act III: Play something, comrade conductor ... (Baburov, Conductor, Barabashkin)
Act III Scene 5: Lidochka's Song: The clock on the square is lit up (Lidochka)
Act III Scene 5: Taking things easy! (Bubentsov, Lidochka, Lyusya, Masha, Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Waltz of the flowers
Act III Scene 5: Am I dreaming? (Lidochka, Lyusya, Bubentsov, Barabashkin, Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Barabashkin's Song: All lovers' meetings are ably served by the moon (Barabashkin)
Act III Scene 5: Are you afraid? ... (Lyusya, Barabashkin, Bubentsov, Lidochka, Masha, Boris, Mylkin, Sergey, Kurochkin, Conductor, Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Duet: Ni-na, ni-na, ni-na, ni-na (Lidochka, Boris)
Act III Scene 5: Nevertheless, the parade ground has been cleared! (Boris, Lidochka, Vava, Drebednyov, Baburov, Lyusya, Sergey, Masha)
Act III Scene 5: Sergey's Song: I love you (Sergey, Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Not bad that bench (Barabashkin, Drebednyov, Vava)
Act III Scene 5: Are you laughing? (Barabashkin)
Act III: Finale: Look, Lidochka! (Boris, Lidochka, Sergey, Chorus)
I. Vivace, ma non troppo
II. Andante giusto
III. Un poco lento, marziale -
IV. Allegro vivace, marziale
I. Like sunbeams on a coffin decorated with sweet smelling flowers -
II. Like the twinkling of stars in the blue sky at sunset -
III. Like light and the depths -
IV. Like the refraction of sunbeams in the waves -
V. Like the twinkling of a pearl of dew in the sun on a beautiful summer's morning -
VI. Longing - Despair - Ecstasy -
VII. Soul of the world - Abyss - All Soul's day -
VIII. I wish ...! -
IX. Chaos - Ruin - Far and near -
X. Flowers wither -
XI. Glimpse of the sum through tears -
XII. Bells pealing: Look! He comes -
XIII. The gospel of flowers - From the far distance -
XIV. The new day -
XV. The end: Antichrist - Christ
No. 1. Likewords for a summer's day saga
No. 2. A scent of mull and mud
No. 3. A golden flake hovers above
No. 4. The flowering summer was linked to the harvest
Overture [Exercises a la barre] -
Tendus - grands battements - fondus - frappes -
Ronds de jambe -
Sillhouetter - Au milieu
Adagio -
Port de bras et pas de badin -
Mirror dance -
Ensemble -
Pas de deux romantique -
Sortie -
Conclusion -
Pirouettes -
Releves -
Piques et grands pirouettes -
Sola prima ballerina -
Coda -
Small leaps -
Mazurka -
Tarantel -
Broad leaps


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