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.
    Balakirev: Symphony No. 1 & Symphonic Poems / Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1331 Release Date: 03/31/2017  
    Composer:  Mily Balakirev
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    The Russian Years: Shostakovich Cello Concertos / Rostropovich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559885 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Maurice Ravel / Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002338 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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    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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    Glinka: Overtures & Dances / Svetlanov, USSR Symphony
    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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    Rachmaninoff: 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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  • 8.
    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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  • 10.
    Orchestral And Choral Works By Sergei Taneyev
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002374 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Andrei Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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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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    Nikolai Myaskovsky: Selected Symphonies
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002268 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Nikolay Myaskovsky
    Conductor:  Konstantin Ivanov,  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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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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  • 14.
    Emil Gilels, Vol. 1 (Limited Edition) [Vinyl]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELLP0032 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Evgeny Svetlanov, Vol. 1 [Vinyl]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELLP0015 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra,  State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Leningrad Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    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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    Rachmaninoff: Works For Orchestra And Choir
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002090 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergey Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yuri Mazurok,  Alexei Maslennikov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Dmitri Kitayenko
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