Yevgeny Svetlanov

Biography

Born: September 6, 1928   Died: May 3, 2002   Country: Russia   Period: 20th Century
Yevgeny (or Evgeny) Feodorovich Svetlanov was one of the twentieth century's leading Russian conductors. He came from a musical and theatrical family: His father was a soloist in the Bolshoi Theater and his mother was an artist in a mime theater. Svetlanov was a 1951 graduate of the Gnesin Institute where he studied composition with Mikhail Gnesin and piano with Mariya Gurvich; later, Svetlanov continued his studies with Yury Shaporin in Read more composition and Alexander Gauk in conducting at the Moscow Conservatory.

While Svetlanov was still a student, he conducted with the All-Union Radio (1953) and also first conducted the State Symphony Orchestra in 1954. Svetlanov became an assistant conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in 1955, and in 1962, he was appointed to the position of principal conductor. During his time there, Svetlanov became a favorite for the fresh, colorful sound he brought to the Russian opera repertory, particularly in operas of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. It was he who led the Bolshoi on its historic visit to the stage of La Scala in Milan.

In 1965, Svetlanov became the principal conductor of the U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra, now known as the Russian State Symphony Orchestra), and remained in that position until 1999, when he retired. This position became the basis of Svetlanov's conducting and recording career. Svetlanov decided to undertake a comprehensive program of recording all the major orchestral music of Russian composers from Glinka to Myaskovsky, a span of something more than a century. Svetlanov also recorded the music of Russian composers of later days, such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Shchedrin, Knipper, Shebalin, Khachaturian and Eshpaî. Over his lifetime, Svetlanov managed to collect several Soviet state awards, including People's Artist of the U.S.S.R. in 1968, the 1975 Lenin Prize, and the Glinka Prize in 1975. In 1979, Svetlanov was named principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra; he also worked with the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague and leading orchestras of Japan, France, and Sweden. In 1998, Russian president Boris Yeltsin observed Svetlanov's seventieth birthday with national honors. Upon Svetlanov's death, English critic David Wilkins recalled the conductor as "an essential champion of the soul of Russian music."

Svetlanov was also a composer and wrote symphonic, chamber, and vocal music, including a piano concerto. He was married to Russian soprano Larisa Avdeyeva. Svetlanov's life was portrayed in the Soviet film biography Dirizhor (The Conductor). Read less
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  • 1.
    Glinka: Overtures & Dances
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1312 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Symphony Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: The Bells; Spring; Vocalise / Svetlanov, USSR Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1314 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yurlov Russian Choir,  USSR Symphony Orchestra
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    Sviatoslav Richter: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002270 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Nina Dorliac,  Oleg Kagan,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Yuri Nikolaevsky,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre String Quartet,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Conservatory Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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    Richter Rarities With Orchestra
    Label: Parnassus Records   Catalog: 96056 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Riccardo Muti,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  George Georgeseu
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    Brahms; Prokofiev: Concertos for Cello & Orchestra / Gutman, Kagan, Svetlanov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002380 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Natalia Gutman,  Oleg Kagan
    Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev,  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ussr State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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    Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Svetlanov, Ussr State Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2266 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Arthur Davies,  Norman Bailey
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2157 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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    Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty / Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2243 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra
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    Weinberg: Sinfoniettas; Symphony No. 7 / Svetlanov, Barshai
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2180 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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    Ravel: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2160 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Yakov Zak,  Alexander Slobodyanik
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Vladimir Verbitsky
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    Tchaikovsky: The Swan Lake
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2223 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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    Glazunov: Concertos For Violin, Cello & Saxophone
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2131 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  Viktor Tretiakov,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Lev Mikhailov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Alexander Korneyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists Ensemble
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonic Works / Evgeny Svetlanov [4-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002130 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms, Debussy, Chausson / Svetlanov, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5123 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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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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    Glazunov: The Seasons; Chopiniana
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002085 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
    Conductor:  Boris Khaykin,  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio/TV Orchestra,  Academic Symphony Orchestra
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    Khrennikov: Symphonies; Concertos / Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002086 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Tikhon Khrennikov
    Performer:  Vadim Repin,  Valetin Feigin,  Mikhail Khomitser,  Tikhon Khrennikov Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ussr State Academic Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Academic Symphony Orchestra Of The Moscow State Philharmonic  ... 
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    Rachmaninoff: Works For Orchestra And Choir
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002090 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yuri Mazurok,  Alexei Maslennikov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Dmitri Kitayenko
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    Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Serenade For String Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002096 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2, Serenade For Strings / Svetlanov
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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    Arensky: Egyptian Nights Ballet / Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Essential Media   Catalog: 5989449 Release Date: 08/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Rostropovich Plays Shostakovich
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4101 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Alexander Gauk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Bells Spring
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1144 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Yakovenko,  Alexei Maslennikov,  Galina Pisarenko
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yurlov Russian Choir,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Brahms: Symphonies / Svetlanov, Russian State Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001746 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Rachmaninov: Aleko / Svetlanov, Sergienko, Eisen, Nikolsky
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001703 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Gleb Nikolsky,  Artur Eisen,  Lyudmila Sergienko,  Vasily Lanovoy
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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