Semyon Bychkov

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Born: November 30, 1952; Leningrad, Russia  
Semyon Bychkov's conducting is admired for its clarity, unexaggerated expression, and frankness in conveying the intent of the music, regardless of what he is conducting. He is equally comfortable conducting orchestral, choral, or operatic music. His first studies were of the piano, but he spent ten years (from the age of seven) at the Glinka Choir School in St. Petersburg singing in the choir and learning conducting. Bychkov then studied with Read more Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, earning such respect for his skills that he won the 1973 Rachmaninov Conducting Competition and was invited to conduct the Leningrad Philharmonic before his graduation. However, the concert and his graduation never happened. Bychkov had not been discreet about his views of Soviet policies and due to this, the concert was canceled. In 1974 the KGB handed him an exit visa. After a few months in Vienna and Italy, he found himself in New York, studying conducting at the Mannes College of Music. He then became conductor of the Grand Rapids [Michigan] Symphony, 1980-1984, and took American citizenship in 1983. At the same time, he was principal guest conductor of the Buffalo (NY) Philharmonic, eventually becoming its music director in 1985. However, it was a series of guest conducting jobs -- including with the Berlin Philharmonic, and filling in for Bernard Haitink with the Concertgebouw and Rafael Kubelik with the New York Philharmonic -- in 1984 that brought him international attention. Around the same time, his first recording, of Rossini's Stabat Mater on Philips, met with great success. Leaving the Buffalo position, Bychkov was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris in 1989, principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 1990, principal guest conductor of Florence's Maggio Musicale in 1992, and chief conductor of the Dresden Semperoper in 1997. He stepped down from his Paris position in 1998 after being appointed conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne. With that ensemble, he began a recording series of Shostakovich's symphonies, expanded its touring schedule, and premiered many new works by composers such as Magnus Lindberg and Nicholas Maw. In addition to the operas conducted in Dresden, Bychkov has also conducted Elektra at the Wiener Staatsoper, Tristan und Isolde at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and Jenufa in Florence. Bychkov's debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera occurred in June 2004, with Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Bychkov is married to pianist Marielle Labèque. Read less

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Born: November 30, 1952; Leningrad, Russia  
Semyon Bychkov's conducting is admired for its clarity, unexaggerated expression, and frankness in conveying the intent of the music, regardless of what he is conducting. He is equally comfortable conducting orchestral, choral, or operatic music. His first studies were of the piano, but he spent ten years (from the age of seven) at the Glinka Choir School in St. Petersburg singing in the choir and learning conducting. Bychkov then studied with Read more
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Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Preludio
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "O lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa" (Siciliana)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Introduzione
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Dite, mama Lucia"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Il cavallo scalpita"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Beato voi, compar Alfio"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Regina coeli laetare...Innegiamo, il Signor non è morto" (Preghiera)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Voi lo sapete, o mama" (Romanza)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Tu qui, Santuzza?" (Duetto) - "Fior la giaggolo"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Fior di giaggiolo"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Ah! lo vedi" (Duetto)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Oh! Il Signore vi manda" (Duetto)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Intermezzo sinfonico
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "A casa, amici" - "Comare Lola"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Viva il vino spumeggiante" (Brindisi)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "A voi tutti salute"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Mama, quel vino è generoso" - "Turiddu?! Che vuoi dire?"
Nacht (Night) -
Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise) -
Der Anstieg (The Ascent) -
Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) -
Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brook)
Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) -
Erscheinung (Apparition) -
Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows) -
Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture) -
Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth) -
Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier) -
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) -
Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit) -
Vision
Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) -
Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) -
Elegie
Stille vor der Sturm (Calm before the Storm) -
Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent) -
Sonnenuntergang (Sunset) -
Ausklang (Final Sounds) -
Nacht (Night)
Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Le Cygne
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Le Cygne
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Le Cygne
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Le Cygne
Bizet: Carmen / Act 1 - "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Havanaise)
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Le Cygne
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux - Le Cygne
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Preludio
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "O lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa" (Siciliana)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Introduzione
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Dite, mama Lucia"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Il cavallo scalpita"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Beato voi, compar Alfio"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Regina coeli laetare...Innegiamo, il Signor non è morto" (Preghiera)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Voi lo sapete, o mama" (Romanza)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Tu qui, Santuzza?" (Duetto) - "Fior la giaggolo"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Fior di giaggiolo"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Ah! lo vedi" (Duetto)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Oh! Il Signore vi manda" (Duetto)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Intermezzo sinfonico
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "A casa, amici" - "Comare Lola"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Viva il vino spumeggiante" (Brindisi)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "A voi tutti salute"
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - "Mama, quel vino è generoso" - "Turiddu?! Che vuoi dire?"
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Overture
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 1 The Christmas Tree
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 / Act 1 - No. 2 March
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 3 Galop and Dance of the Parents
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 4 Dance Scene - The Presents of Drosselmeyer
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 5a Scene
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 5b Grandfather Dance
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 6 Clara and the Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 7 The Nutcracker Battles the Army of the Mouse King - He Wins and Is Transformed into Prince Charming
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 8 In the Christmas Tree
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 9 Scene and Waltz of the Snowflakes
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 10 The Magic Castle on the Mountain of Sweets
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 11 Clara and Prince Charming
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12a Character Dances: Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12b Character Dances: Coffee (Arabian Dance)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12c Character Dances: Tea (Chinese Dance)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12d Character Dances: Trépak (Russian Dance)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 / Act 2 - No. 12e Character Dances: Dance of the Reed Pipes
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12f Character Dances: Polchinelle (The Clown)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 13 Waltz of the Flowers
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14a Pas de deux: Intrada
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14b Pas de deux: Variation I (Tarantella)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14c Pas de deux: Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14d Pas de deux: Coda
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 15a Final Waltz
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 15b Apotheosis


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