Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1951 - ; Moscow, Russia
The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra has generally been highly regarded among Russian orchestras of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. In the twentieth century, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic was, on the whole, viewed as the finest Russian orchestra, with the MPO probably a close second. In recent times, however, some critics have hailed the MPO as Russia's finest, comparing it with the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras. Over the Read more years the MPO has concertized throughout the world, giving more than 4,000 concerts and making over 300 recordings. The list of conductors leading the ensemble has included some of the most respected artists and composers of the day: Samosud, Kondrashin, Mravinsky, David Oistrakh, Benjamin Britten, Stravinsky, Rozhdestvensky, Kitayenko, Maazel, Mehta, and Penderecki. Most of the MPO's early recordings were made available on the old Soviet label Melodiya, but many of those have been reissued on Brilliant Classics, Moscow Studio Archives, Live Classics, and Globe, while some of the MPO's efforts in the West, such as the Britten and Van Cliburn recordings, have been re-released on EMI and RCA. Newer recordings have appeared on Naxos and other major labels.

The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1951, but did not adopt its current name until 1953. Its founder was veteran Bolshoi Opera conductor Samuel Samosud. The ensemble was initially established for broadcast performances of operatic music. But its mission quickly expanded in the early '50s, when it began playing much contemporary Russian music, as well as repertory standards.

In 1958 Kiril Kondrashin was appointed music director, and under his leadership the ensemble became one of the Soviet Union's finest and most prominent orchestras. Kondrashin used the MPO for the first International Tchaikovsky Competition, famously won (in the piano division) by American Van Cliburn.

Kondrashin recorded heavily with the orchestra, his Shostakovich symphony series being among his most memorable efforts. Dmitri Kitayenko succeeded Kondrashin in 1976, and led the ensemble until 1990. The MPO has had two additional music directors since: Mark Ermler (1996-1998) and Yuri Simonov, who took the helm in 1998.

Simonov has led the orchestra on highly successful tours of the U.S., U.K., and throughout much of Europe. The MPO's 2006-2007 concert schedule included tours of Japan, Germany, and Croatia. Among the MPO's later recordings is the 2004 Naxos CD of the Tischenko Symphony No. 7, led by the orchestra's principal guest conductor, Dmitry Yablonsky. Read less
Sibelius: Complete Symphonies & Symphonic Poems / Sanderling, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 02/07/2020   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 96113   Number of Discs: 5
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Sibelius: Complete Symphonic Poems / Sinaisky, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 9212   Number of Discs: 3
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Grubert, Sinaisky, Moscow Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94656   Number of Discs: 1
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    Legendary Treasures: Rudolf Kerer [5CD]
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8086 Release Date: 03/20/2020   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Kehrer,  Victor Pikaizen,  Lev Evgrafov
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Victor Dubrovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Complete Symphonies & Symphonic Poems / Sanderling, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 96113 Release Date: 02/07/2020   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 & 14 Waltzes / Davidovich
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002584 Release Date: 06/07/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Bella Davidovich
    Conductor:  Arvid Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Grand Symphony Orchestra Of All-union National Radio Service
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    Violin Collection / Kogan
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002580 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Elizaveta Gilels,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mytnik,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai,  Vasily Nebolsin,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow: Original Recordings
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 18062 Release Date: 03/22/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Grigori Stolyarov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Cello Concertos Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95782 Release Date: 01/18/2019   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolo Porpora,  Georg Matthias Monn,  Giovanni Benedetto Platti  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Galligioni,  Adriano Fazio,  Franziska Romaner,  Isabella Bison  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Vladislav Czarnecki,  Jonathan Morton,  Ludwig Güttler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Cappella Neapolitana,  Ensemble Cordia  ... 
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    Artyomov: The Way to Olympus / USSR State Academic Symphony
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25171 Release Date: 06/15/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vyacheslav Artyomov
    Performer:  Yelena Adjemova,  Evgeni Smirnov,  Tatiana Grindenko,  Anton Batagov  ... 
    Conductor:  Timur Mynbayev,  Dmitrij Kitajenko,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Russian Piano Concertos / Various
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95520 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Sergei Lyapunov,  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Medtner,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Felicja Blumental,  In-Ju Bang,  Oxana Yablonskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Pierre Cao  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Artyomov: Scenes from Sola Fide & Tempo Costante
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25164 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vyacheslav Artyomov
    Conductor:  Dmitrij Kitajenko,  Murad Annamamedov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonic,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 16030 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Hermann Abendroth,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Introducing Sterling Records
    Label: Sterling Records   Catalog: 2012 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Per August Ölander,  Gustaf Bengtsson,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Otto Emanuel Olsson  ... 
    Performer:  Liisa Pohjola
    Conductor:  Harry Damgaard,  Mats Liljefors,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Jörg-Peter Weigle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Västerĺs Symphony Orchestra,  Gavle Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Danish Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & 3 Etudes-Tableaux / Kondrashin, Ashkenazy, Moscow Philharmonic [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832251 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Etudes in Simple Tones & Concerto for 2 Pianos / Jansons, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002497 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Xenia Bashmet,  Boris Berezovsky,  Daria Tchaikovskaya
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 & Suite from Alone / Oistrakh
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1337 Release Date: 05/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony 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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    Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Works / Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 312 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Daniil Shafran,  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Relaxation: Soothing Sounds of Classical Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578341 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Erik Satie,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Jérôme Kaltenbach,  Alfred Walter,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Prokofiev: October / Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 308 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Valentina Levko
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Yurlov State Capella
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  • 19.
    Khachaturian & Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / Kondrashin
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Alexei Bolshakov,  Mikhail Dovenman,  Yelisaveta Shumskaya,  Yakov Flier
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Yurlov Russian Choir,  RCA Victor Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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  • 21.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Byron Janis,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Abbey Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Pavel Kogan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Grubert, Sinaisky, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94656 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Ilya Grubert
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Mazurkas; Waltz / Kissin, Kitayenko, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001994 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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