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Famed for his colossal stature and rigorous rehearsal methods, Evgeny Mravinsky is generally considered to be the greatest of all Soviet conductors. The maestro was appointed chief of the elite Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in 1938 -- a post lasting 50 years and which gave rise to a truly remarkable partnership, as evident in this three-disc set.
Beginning with a whistle-stop tour of Tchaikovsky's best-known orchestral works, the compilation embarks on a series of monumental readings -- striking for their cleansing of tempo and refusal to hyper-dramatise. Mravinsky's interpretation of this composer's music was a revelation to Western ears at the time, and the combination of energy and precision that he dedicates to
compositions such as the Nutcracker Suite and Symphony No.5 is to be found across the entire collection. From Rimsky-Korsakov's dazzling Tale of the Invisible City of Kitezh Suite to Glinka's brilliant Ruslan and Ludmilla overture, the set brims with atmospheric performances taken from live recordings spanning nearly two decades.
It's easy to hear why the Leningrad Philharmonic became known as the 'best orchestra in Russia' under Mravinsky's command. Full of wonderfully sonorous playing, this release represents a small chapter of history in detailing one of music's most fascinating relationships.
New Russian Archives:
This second wave of 3-CD sets drawn from the rich catalogue of the Russian Archives presents legendary Russian musicians in works of their compatriots. Russians will always tell you that only they can understand the Russian Soul in Russian music, so who are we to contradict them? Listen to the glowing and noble Tchaikovsky of Mravinsky, the enervating and passionate Rachmaninoff of Svetlanov, the deep insight into Shostakovich's world of Barshai (world premiere of the 14-th symphony), the famous Piano Sound of the Russian Piano School in Emil Gilels' hands: unique testimonies of a unique era in Western music history! As proof against the bias that Russians can only play Russian music Yevgeny Kissin shows himself a true master in Chopin and Liszt.
- Recordings made between 1946 and 1965.
- Includes booklet notes about the music and a biography of Mravinsky.
- Part of Brilliant Classics' Historical Russian Archives series. Previous releases include the Barshai Edition (9010), Rozhdestvensky Edition (9019) and Gauk Edition (9146). Read less
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