Yevgeny Svetlanov

Biography

Born: September 6, 1928   Died: May 3, 2002   Country: Russia   Period: 20th Century
Yevgeny (or Evgeny) Feodorovich Svetlanov was one of the twentieth century's leading Russian conductors. He came from a musical and theatrical family: His father was a soloist in the Bolshoi Theater and his mother was an artist in a mime theater. Svetlanov was a 1951 graduate of the Gnesin Institute where he studied composition with Mikhail Gnesin and piano with Mariya Gurvich; later, Svetlanov continued his studies with Yury Shaporin in Read more composition and Alexander Gauk in conducting at the Moscow Conservatory.

While Svetlanov was still a student, he conducted with the All-Union Radio (1953) and also first conducted the State Symphony Orchestra in 1954. Svetlanov became an assistant conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in 1955, and in 1962, he was appointed to the position of principal conductor. During his time there, Svetlanov became a favorite for the fresh, colorful sound he brought to the Russian opera repertory, particularly in operas of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. It was he who led the Bolshoi on its historic visit to the stage of La Scala in Milan.

In 1965, Svetlanov became the principal conductor of the U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra, now known as the Russian State Symphony Orchestra), and remained in that position until 1999, when he retired. This position became the basis of Svetlanov's conducting and recording career. Svetlanov decided to undertake a comprehensive program of recording all the major orchestral music of Russian composers from Glinka to Myaskovsky, a span of something more than a century. Svetlanov also recorded the music of Russian composers of later days, such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Shchedrin, Knipper, Shebalin, Khachaturian and Eshpaî. Over his lifetime, Svetlanov managed to collect several Soviet state awards, including People's Artist of the U.S.S.R. in 1968, the 1975 Lenin Prize, and the Glinka Prize in 1975. In 1979, Svetlanov was named principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra; he also worked with the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague and leading orchestras of Japan, France, and Sweden. In 1998, Russian president Boris Yeltsin observed Svetlanov's seventieth birthday with national honors. Upon Svetlanov's death, English critic David Wilkins recalled the conductor as "an essential champion of the soul of Russian music."

Svetlanov was also a composer and wrote symphonic, chamber, and vocal music, including a piano concerto. He was married to Russian soprano Larisa Avdeyeva. Svetlanov's life was portrayed in the Soviet film biography Dirizhor (The Conductor). Read less
Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Svetlanov, Ussr State Symphony
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 2266   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-korsakov: Sadko / Svetlanov, Petrov, Firsova, Et Al
Release Date: 05/23/2000   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1246   Number of Discs: 3
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Schwartz: Yellow Stars / Svetlanov, National Philharmonic Of Russia
Release Date: 01/01/2000   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 93508   Number of Discs: 1
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Lyadov: Symphonic Works / Svetlanov, Ussr State Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 05/08/2012   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 1001873   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Ballets / Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 05/08/2012   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 1001951   Number of Discs: 8
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Biography

Born: September 6, 1928   Died: May 3, 2002   Country: Russia   Period: 20th Century
Yevgeny (or Evgeny) Feodorovich Svetlanov was one of the twentieth century's leading Russian conductors. He came from a musical and theatrical family: His father was a soloist in the Bolshoi Theater and his mother was an artist in a mime theater. Svetlanov was a 1951 graduate of the Gnesin Institute where he studied composition with Mikhail Gnesin and piano with Mariya Gurvich; later, Svetlanov continued his studies with Yury Shaporin in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
No. 1. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
No. 2. Jeux de vagues
No. 3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
I. The Silver Sleigh Bells: Allegro ma non tanto
II. The Mellow Wedding Bells: Lento
III. The Loud Alarum Bells: Presto
IV. The Mournful Iron Bells: Lento lugubre
I. Russia under the Mongolian Yoke
II. Song about
III. The Crusaders in Pskov
IV. Arise, ye Russian People
V. The Battle on Ice
VI. The Field of the Dead
VII. Alexander's Entry into Pskov
Dance of the Rose Maidens
Ayesha's Dance
Dance of the Highlanders
Lullaby
Noune's Dance
Armen's Var
s Adagio
Lezghinka
Dance with Tambourines
Sabre Dance
Introduction ? Dance of the Nymphs
Aegina's Dance
Scene and Dance with Crotalums
Adagio of and Phrygia
Dance of the Gaditan Maidens
Concerto ballata Op. 108
Concerto ballata Op. 108 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Concert Waltz No. 1, Op.47
Concert Waltz No. 1, Op.47 (1988 Digital Remaster)
The Seasons, I. Winter: Introduction: Andante
The Seasons, I. Winter: Introduction: Andante
The Seasons, I. Winter: Winter Scene
The Seasons, I. Winter: Winter Scene
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 1: Frost: Allegro
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 1: Frost: Allegro
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 2: Ice: Andantino
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 2: Ice: Andantino
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 3: Hail: Allegro Moderato
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 3: Hail: Allegro Moderato
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 4: Snow: Allegretto
The Seasons, I. Winter: Variation 4: Snow: Allegretto
The Seasons, I. Winter: Coda: Allegro
The Seasons, I. Winter: Coda: Allegro
The Seasons, II. Spring: The Zephyr - The Roses - A Bird
The Seasons, II. Spring: The Zephyr - The Roses - A Bird
The Seasons, III. Summer: Introduction: Andantino
The Seasons, III. Summer: Introduction: Andantino
The Seasons, III. Summer: Waltz of the Cornflowers & Poppies: Allegretto
The Seasons, III. Summer: Waltz of the Cornflowers & Poppies: Allegretto
The Seasons, III. Summer: Barcarolle: Andante
The Seasons, III. Summer: Barcarolle: Andante
The Seasons, III. Summer: Variation: Allegretto
The Seasons, III. Summer: Variation: Allegretto
The Seasons, III. Summer: Coda: Allegro
The Seasons, III. Summer: Coda: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Bacchanal: Presto
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Bacchanal: Presto
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Petit Adagio: Andante Mosso
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Petit Adagio: Andante Mosso
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Variation: The Satyr: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Variation: The Satyr: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: The Bacchantes: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: The Bacchantes: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Apotheosis: Moderato
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Apotheosis: Moderato
Concert Waltz No. 2, Op.51
Concert Waltz No. 2, Op.51 (1988 Digital Remaster)
The Seasons, III. Summer: Introduction: Andantino
The Seasons, III. Summer: Waltz of the Cornflowers & Poppies: Allegretto
The Seasons, III. Summer: Barcarolle: Andante
The Seasons, III. Summer: Variation: Allegretto
The Seasons, III. Summer: Coda: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Bacchanal: Presto
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Petit Adagio: Andante Mosso
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Variation: The Satyr: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: The Bacchantes: Allegro
The Seasons, IV. Autumn: Apotheosis: Moderato
The Age Of Gold Suite, Op. 22: Introduction
The Age Of Gold Suite, Op. 22: Polka
The Age Of Gold Suite, Op. 22: Dance
Tahiti Trot (after Tea for Two)
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 in D minor, Op.30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo. Adagio
III. Finale. Alla breve
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15: I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15: III. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
I. [Untitled]
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