Rodion Shchedrin

Biography

Born: December 16, 1932; Moscow, Russia  
The son of a music theorist and writer, composer Rodion Shchedrin was encouraged in his musical interests from a very young age. Initial studies at the Moscow Conservatory were interrupted by Russia's participation in World War II, but In 1948 he entered the Moscow Choral School, and three years later he returned to the Conservatory. There he studied piano with Yakov Fliyer and composition with Yuri Shaporin. At the same time, his interest in Read more Russian folk music came to the surface; he led a 1951 trip to Belorussia to collect folk songs, some of which turn up in his early Piano Quintet (1952). Folk songs also play a role in his brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1 (1954), which he wrote and premiered as his graduation composition from the Conservatory.

Not long after his graduation, Shchedrin began what has become one of his best-known works, the ballet Konek-gorbunok (The little humpbacked horse, 1956), which quickly became a staple of the Bolshoi ballet. Another very popular work in Russia was the opera Not love alone (1961). In the mid-'60s, Shchedrin started to incorporate modern sounds and techniques like tone-rows and aleatorics (chance elements) into works like his Symphony No. 2 (1962-1965) and the Piano Concerto No. 2 (1966). Since that time, Shchedrin has consistently exhibited an eclectic taste; elements of the avant-garde, neo-Classicism, folk, jazz, and pop music have all played roles in his music, which he has called "post-avant-garde."

In 1962, Shchedrin was recommended to succeed Tikhon Khrennikov as chairman of the Union of Soviet Composers. In the event, Khrennikov ended up staying in the post, but Shchedrin did later succeed Dmitri Shostakovich as the chairman of the Composers' Union of Russia, and remains its honorary chairman. From 1964 to 1969, Shchedrin taught composition at the Moscow Conservatory, while gaining recognition as one of the most successful Russian composers of his time. Music fans around the world have come to know The Carmen Ballet, his 1968 arrangement of parts of Georges Bizet's Carmen for strings and percussion, produced for his wife, ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. He also wrote the full-length ballet Anna Karenina (1972) for her.

Although elements of Russian Orthodox chants appeared in early works like Chimes (1967) and the Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 (written for the 125th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic), it was not until the 1980s that explicit liturgical themes found their way into works like Stihira (1987) and The Sealed Angel (1988). To date, Shchedrin has written, among many other works, five piano concertos, five concertos for orchestra, and three symphonies; the most recent of these (subtitled "Scenes of Russian Fairy Tales") was premiered in Berlin in June 2000. Read less
Shchedrin: The Left-Hander / Gergiev, Popov, Tsanga, Alieva, Maksakova
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Mariinsky  
Catalog: 554   Number of Discs: 2
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Rodion Shchedrin


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Introduction
II. Dance
III. Intermezzo No. 1
IV. Changing of the Guard
V. Carmen's Entrance and Habanera
VI. Scene
VII. Intermezzo No. 2
VIII. Bolero
IX. Torero
X. Torero and Carmen
XI. Adagio
XII. Fortune Telling
XIII. Finale
Concerto cantabile: I. Moderato cantabile
Concerto cantabile: II. Allegro
Concerto cantabile: III. Sostenuto assai
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Sostenuto assai
WORKS
I. Introduction
II. Dance
III. Intermezzo No. 1
IV. Changing of the Guard
V. Carmen's Entrance and Habanera
VI. Scene
VII. Intermezzo No. 2
VIII. Bolero
IX. Torero
X. Torero and Carmen
XI. Adagio
XII. Fortune Telling
XIII. Finale
Concerto cantabile: I. Moderato cantabile
Concerto cantabile: II. Allegro
Concerto cantabile: III. Sostenuto assai
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5: i. Allegretto moderato
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5: ii. Andante
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5: iii. Allegro assai
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Sostenuto assai
I. Preludes 1-6
II. Preludes 7-9
III. Preludes 10-14
IV. Preludes 15-18
V. Preludes 19-25
The Left-Hander, Act One: 1. The Winter Palace
The Left-Hander, Act One: 2. Ataman Platov's Story
The Left-Hander, Act One: 3. Inspection of the Armoury
The Left-Hander, Act One: 4. The River Tulitsa
The Left-Hander, Act One: 5. Buckingham Palace. Orchestral Interlude I
The Left-Hander, Act One: 6. The Royal Presentation
The Left-Hander, Act One: 7. Seven Turns of the Key. Orchestral Interlude II
The Left-Hander, Act One: 8. The Flea
The Left-Hander, Act One: 9. Arioso of Alexander I and Scena
The Left-Hander, Act One: 10. Again in the Winter Palace (during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I)
The Left-Hander, Act One: 11. A village in Tula and the Left-Hander's Rude Songs
The Left-Hander, Act One: 12. Ataman Platov Arrives in Tula
The Left-Hander, Act One: 13. The Russians Refashion the English Flea
The Left-Hander, Act One: 14. Ataman Platov returns to Tula
The Left-Hander, Act One: 15. The Journey from Tula to St Petersburg. Orchestral Interlude III
The Left-Hander, Act One: 16. Ataman Platov and the Left-Hander Arrive at the Winter Palace
The Left-Hander, Act One: 17. The Microscope is brought in. Orchestral Interlude IV
The Left-Hander, Act One: 18. The English Flea subjected to Russian Modification
The Left-Hander, Act One: 19. Act One Finale
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 20. The Left-Hander and the Flea at Buckingham Palace
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 21. The Russified Flea
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 22. Delighted English Question the Left-Hander
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 23. The English Brides (Love Canzonets)
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 24. Attempts at Persuasion
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 25. Know How. Orchestral Interlude V
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 26. How to Clean your Musket?
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 27. A Vision of Russia
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 28. The Left-Hander Sets Sail for Russia
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 29. The Storm. Orchestral Interlude VI
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 30. Return to St Petersburg
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 31. Final Scenes (Ordeal in the Infirmaries)
The Left-Hander, Act Two: 32. Epilogue


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