Constantin Silvestri

Biography

Born: May 13, 1913; Bucharest, Romania   Died: February 23, 1969; London, England  
Constantin Silvestri was a major conductor on the British scene, known in particular as a talented orchestra builder.

As a boy in Romania, his musical talents developed quickly. He made his first public appearance as a pianist at the age of ten. He studied piano and composition at Bucharest Conservatory.

He began his career as a pianist, but had the opportunity to conduct the Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1930. This debut
Read more was a success, and convinced Silvestri to pursue conducting as a career. In 1935 he joined the conducting staff of the Bucharest Opera, rising eventually to becoming its music director. In 1945 he also became music director of the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra.

He joined the faculty of the Bucharest Conservatory in 1948, teaching conducting. He received a State Prize for conducting in 1952. He became a frequent conductor, mainly in "friendly Socialist countries" such as the Soviet Union and others in Eastern Europe.

Silvestri left Romania in 1956 and settled in Paris. In 1957 he made his debut in Britain on January 25, 1957, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. He made a strong impression, leading to his being appointed to lead the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1961. He moved to Bournemouth and became a naturalized citizen of the United Kingdom in 1967. He made his debut at Covent Garden in Mussorgsky's Khovanschina.

Silvestri gained a strong reputation in Britain with his strong, precise performances and his strong sympathies to British music. His conducting style stressed the individual expression of the sections and soloists of the orchestra. He was also admired for raising standards of the Bournemouth Orchestra even while the organization was facing recurrent financial problems, and is credited with establishing the status it still enjoys as a major respected British orchestra. Read less
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    Icon - Constantin Silvestri [15-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 233472 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Enescu,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Violin Concerto
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 320152 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  György Cziffra,  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  André Vandernoot,  Constantin Silvestri
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  • 3.
    A Bournemouth Love Affair / Silvestri, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6124 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  George Enescu,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    19th Century Masterpieces
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98317 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Paul Dukas,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Ormandy,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Elgar Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Del Mar, Barbirolli
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68924 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Norman Del Mar,  Constantin Silvestri,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The Great Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64198 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Cocker,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
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  • 7.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64131 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Lili Boulanger,  Ernest Bloch,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ferguson Webster,  Derek Simpson,  Robert Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  John Pritchard,  George Enescu,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No 4-6, Oboe Concerto, Etc / Gibson, Berglund
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 16146 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  John Williams
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Vaughan Williams - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 06636 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Henry Walford Davies
    Performer:  Norma Burrowes,  Ian Partridge,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Raimund Herincx  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Meredith Davies,  Sir Charles Groves,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Artist Profile - Leonid Kogan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67732 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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    Silvestri - Artist Profile - Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68229 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, Etc / Silvestri, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4207 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Strauss,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Et Al / Silvestri
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4182 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Gemini - Liszt: A Faust Symphony / Beecham, Young, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76927 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Walter Midgley,  Alexander Young
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri,  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society
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    The Most Relaxing Violin Album In The World... Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 35177 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Itamar Golan,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Salvatore Accardo,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto;  Brahms / Ferras, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1337 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Christian Ferras,  Paul Tortelier
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances / Menuhin, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74973 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart: Violin Concertos / Leonid Kogan
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1223 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan,  Elizaveta Gilels
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Constantin Silvestri,  André Vandernoot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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    Brahms, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Leonid Kogan, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri,  Charles Bruck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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    Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos, Etc / Leonid Kogan
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1224 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Constantin Silvestri,  André Vandernoot,  Basil Cameron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Schumann, Liszt, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / François
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 74324 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Samson François
    Conductor:  Witold Rowicki,  Paul Kletzki,  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Silvestri, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74757 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan,  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri,  André Vandernoot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Borodin: Symphony No 2, Etc / Kubelik, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74276 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  André Cluytens,  Paul Strauss,  Constantin Silvestri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky, Respighi / Silvestri, Bournmouth Symphony
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4007 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony;  Liszt / Silvestri, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1129 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Liszt
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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