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
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  • 1.
    Shostakovich: All Symphonies - 110th Anniversary Album
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 10024 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Yevgeny Mravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Bruno Monsaingeon Edition, Vol. 3 / Richter, Rozhdestvensky
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 27527 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Capella Symphony Orchestra,  Choir Of Russia
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  • 3.
    Prokofiev: Ballets (125th Anniversary Edition)
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002430 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Mikhail Chernyakhovsky,  Arkady Futer
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Brass Band  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Works for Violin & Orchestra / Oistrakh
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250325 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Alfred Schnittke: Viola Concerto; Cello Concerto No. 1
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1311 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Natalia Gutman
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Prokofiev: The Two Violin Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552361 Release Date: 11/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Masterpieces for Piano Left Hand, Vol. 2 - Janacek, Martinu, Brahms, Strauss / Klien, Nikolayeva
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250316 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Walter Klien,  Siegfried Rapp,  Jan Novothy,  LuboU FiUer  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Wiesenhutter,  Tomas Norbert Koutník,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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  • 8.
    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    From The History Of The Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002349 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Naum Shtarkman,  Stefan Ruha,  Victoria Stefanescu,  Lev Vlasenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Boris Khaikin,  Neeme Järvi,  Fuat Mansurov  ... 
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  • 11.
    A Romantic Portrait: Dvora, Schumann, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350112 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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  • 12.
    Schnittke: Symphony No 1 / Rozhdestvensky, Ussr  State Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002321 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Victor Guseinov
    Performer:  Victor Guseinov,  Paul Mägi
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Weinberg: Cello, Violin, Flute Concertos
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002315 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Leonid Kogan,  Alexandre Korneev
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Rudolf Barshai
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  • 14.
    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9420 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 49
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Fleischmann
    Performer:  Boris Petrushansky,  Lewis James Quinn,  Kevin Matthews,  Alastair McCall  ... 
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Rudolf Barshai,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Rozhdestvensky, London Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1260 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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  • 17.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Byron Janis,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Abbey Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Pavel Kogan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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  • 19.
    John Tavener: Akhmatova Requiem
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Elise Ross
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 20.
    Great Symphonies
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5132 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Guido Cantelli,  Ataulfo Argenta  ... 
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  • 21.
    Bach, Berg: Violin Concertos
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2241 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan,  Pavel Kogan
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists Ensemble
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  • 22.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich [Vinyl]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELLP0037 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphonies / Rozhdestvensky, USSR Ministry of Culture Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2170 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Yuri Butsko: White Nights
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2126 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yuri Butsko
    Performer:  Galina Pisarenko,  Anatoly Mishchevsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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  • 25.
    Rachmaninoff: Works For Piano And Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2128 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Viktor Yeresko,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Peter Donohoe,  Nikolai Petrov  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennady Provatorov,  Kurt Sanderling,  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
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