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
Glazunov, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos / Sasha Rozhdestvensky, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 01/11/2011   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6123   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    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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    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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    Tchaikovsky Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94650 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud,  Janis Kelly,  Nikolai Vassiliev,  Alexander Arkhipov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Yuri Simonov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Hits: Classical Greats
    Label: 100 Hits   Catalog: 1017490 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Myra Hess,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Conductor:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Members of the Vienna Octet (Members)
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  • 5.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5; Janacek: Taras Bulba / Rozhdestvensky
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5116 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Bela Dekany
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Tchaikovsky: 8 Symphonies / Rozhdestvensky, Kogan, Ivanov, Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Large Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 6003 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Nina Derbina,  Alexander Polyakov
    Conductor:  Konstantin Ivanov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Pavel Kogan,  Sergei Skripka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Russian Federation Ministry Of Culture Large Orchestra,  Russian State Cinematographic Orchestra  ... 
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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    Dedicated To The 200th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Richard Wagner
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002095 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Andrey Chistiakov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Yevgeny Mravinsky  ... 
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    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1938 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Shafran,  Anton Ginsburg,  Felix Gotlib,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Arvid Yansons,  Neeme Järvi,  Kiril Kondrashin
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    Symphony No. 6
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    David Oistrakh [5-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001931 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Viotti,  César Franck,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Taneyev  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Nicolai Malko,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Alexander Gauk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Famous Overtures / Rozhdestvensky, Moscow Radio Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001662 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ambroise Thomas,  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Jules Massenet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Tchaikovsky: The Maid Of Orleans / Rozhdestvensky, Arkhipova, Sokolov, Vladimirov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002053 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Evgeny Vladimirov,  Irina Arkhipova,  Andrei Sokolov,  Sergei Yakovenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Valentina Levko - Star Of The Bolshoi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9406 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Alessandro Stradella,  Andrea Falconieri  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Levko,  Mark Lubotsky,  Grigory Zinger,  Liya Mogilevskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Adolf Bruk,  Juozas Domarkas,  Alexander Lazarev,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: The Marriage; The Nursery / Rozhdestvensky, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001735 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Alexander Podbolotov,  Vladimir Khrulev,  Lyudmilla Kolmakova,  Vladimir Ribasenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Tikhon Khrennikov: Three Pieces For Violin & Orchestra, Op. 26
    Label: Audiophile Classics   Catalog: 7704138 Release Date: 05/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Tikhon Khrennikov
    Performer:  Arkady Futer,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Valery Gergiev,  Arnold Katz
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    Stravinsky: Le Baiser de la Fee / Rozhdestvensky
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001833 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 / Rozhdestvensky, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Concertos For Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1141 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Rozhdestvensky, Lso
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1210 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4, Etc / Rozhdestvensky, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1212 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Cécile Ousset,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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  • 23.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 7
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002021 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9245 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Fleischmann
    Performer:  Sergei Aleksashkin,  Vladimir Vaneev,  Alla Simoni,  Cristina Ortiz  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai,  Paavo Berglund,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wdr Sinfonieorchester,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester Rundfunkchor,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester Choral Academy Moscow  ... 
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  • 25.
    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Rococo Variations
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002013 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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