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Mariss Jansons

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Born: January 14, 1943  
Mariss Jansons was one of the finest conductors to emerge from the former Soviet Union in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Jansons was born while Riga was under military occupation by the Germans who seized it in 1941, a year after its forcible annexation by the U.S.S.R. His father was Arvid Jansons (or Yansons) (1914-1984), the leading Latvian conductor to emerge under the Soviet system after the Baltic nation was retaken by the Read more U.S.S.R. in 1945.

Mariss studied violin, piano, and conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating with honors. In 1969 he began training in Vienna with conductor Hans Swarowski and in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan. In 1971 he won the International Herbert von Karajan Foundation Competition in Berlin. He began to work with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973 when music director Yevgeny Mravinsky invited him to become associate conductor.

In 1979 he became music director of the Oslo Philharmonic. Under his leadership it came to international attention as one of the finest and most exciting of major world orchestras. In 1985 he was promoted to principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic under music director Yuri Temirkanov. Jansons has conducted both great orchestras on several international tours to great acclaim. After the fall of the Soviet State, as Russia's second city reverted to its original name, the Leningrad Philharmonic was renamed the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He conducted it in Europe, North America, and Japan, and led the Oslo Philharmonic on tours to even more music centers of Europe, the U.S., and Japan.

He has guest conducted many of the world's major orchestras. For Chandos Records he led the Oslo orchestra in a complete Tchaikovsky symphony cycle, and led many Shostakovich symphonies for EMI. His reputation is particularly strong as a conductor of great twentieth century symphonic classics, including composers such as Bartók, Honegger, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Weill, Sibelius, Respighi, Dukas, and Mahler. His recording of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony with the Leningrad Philharmonic won an Edison Award in 1989.

In 1995, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced Jansons' appointment as its eighth music director, effective in 1996. He has led it on successful tours, including a five-city, seven-concert tour of Japan in 1998, a tour of west coast U.S. cities and an international tour in 1999.

In 1995 King Harald V of Norway appointed Jansons Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, the highest Norwegian honor ever given to a person not of Norwegian descent, for his services to Norway as director of the Oslo Philharmonic. He was given honorary membership in Britain's Royal Academy of Music in 1999 and in Vienna's Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in 2001. In 2003, he was named chief conductor of the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra. Read less
Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102205   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony [blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/18/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 108136   Number of Discs: 1
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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk / Westbroek, Jansons [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/30/2009   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7031   Number of Discs: 2
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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Skovhus, Stoyanova, Jansons [blu-ray]
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7100   Number of Discs: 1
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Music Is The Language Of The Heart And Soul - A Portrait Of Mariss Jansons
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 709708   Number of Discs: 2
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    Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102205 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova,  Marina Prudenskaja,  Saimir Pirgu,  Orlin Anastassov
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108136 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Marina Prudenskaja,  Krassimira Stoyanova,  Saimir Pirgu,  Orlin Anastassov
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Strauss: Late Orchestral Works / Jochum Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1802 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Stefan Schilli
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Verdi: Requiem /  Stoyanova, Pirgu, Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900126 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova,  Marina Prudenskaja,  Saimir Pirgu,  Orlin Anastassov
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Piano Concertos / Rudy, Jansons, 	St. Petersburg Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 627827 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Mikhail Rudy
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 14002 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Mark Padmore,  Genia Kühmeier
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
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    Symphonie Nr. 6: Tschaikowsky, Shostakowitsch
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900123 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Varese: Ionisation / Mariss Jansons
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900121 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Edgard Varèse
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Europakonzert 2001 At Istanbul / Pahud, Jansons [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051444 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Beethoven: The Symphonies / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107537 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mihoko Fujimura,  Christiane Karg,  Michael Schade,  Michael Volle
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Beethoven: The Symphonies and Reflections / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Orchestra
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900119 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Maria Staud,  Misato Mochizuki,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Raminta eerkUnyte  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
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    Britten: War Requiem / Magee, Padmore, Gerhaher, Jansons
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900120 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Emily Magee,  Max Hanft,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
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  • 13.
    Greatest Cello Concertos / Truls Mork [9-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 158102 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Järvi,  Eiji Oue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: The Symphonies / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107536 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christiane Karg,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Michael Schade,  Michael Volle
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Mariss Jansons Conducts Brahms & Janacek
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101684 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Tatiana Monogarova,  Marina Prudenskaya,  L'udovit Ludha,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Mariss Jansons Conducts Brahms & Janacek [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108080 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Peter Mikulas,  Marina Prudenskaya,  L'udovit Ludha,  Tatiana Monogarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 17.
    Salzburg Festival 2012 - Strauss: Don Juan; Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072628 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Nina Stemme
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Salzburg Festival 2012 - Strauss: Don Juan; Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072624 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Nina Stemme
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  [includes Blu-ray]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 13002 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Robert Dean Smith,  Christine Brewer,  Camilla Nylund,  Stephanie Blythe  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir,  Latvian State Choir  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [includes DVD] Hybrid SuperAudio, DSD
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 13003 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Stefan Kocán,  Tommi Hakala,  Camilla Nylund,  Stephanie Blythe  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir  ... 
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  • 21.
    Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844172 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Lars Vogt,  Wolfram Christ,  Georg Faust  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Jansons, Harteros, Fink
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101685 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anja Harteros,  Bernarda Fink
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Jansons, Harteros, Fink [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108081 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anja Harteros,  Bernarda Fink
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 24.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 13001 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Mariss Jansons Conducts Beethoven & Strauss / Uchida
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101683 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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