Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Composers

Biography

Active: 1989 - ; Moscow, Russia
The establishment of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra coincided with the crumbling of the former Soviet Union. The orchestra was founded in 1989 by Ellen and Marina Levine, who had both spent a number of years in the United States working in the fields of advertising and marketing. When political changes occurred, the two felt positive about a return to Russia and made moved back to their native country. The orchestra's director was the French Read more conductor Antonio de Almeida (1928 - 1997), who initiated a subscription series in Moscow's Great Hall and presided over the recording of more than 20 CDs with the orchestra. Almeida's training (he studied with Ginastera, Hindemith, Koussevitzky, and Szell) and international experience (France, Portugal, and the United States) tended to assure that the orchestra would be exposed to music coming from sources beyond Russian borders.

In assembling the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Levines pulled together players who were graduates of Russia's most distinguished conservatories (Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev), many of them prize winners in Russian and international music competitions. These orchestra members had performed under many of the Soviet Union's best-known conductors, including Mravinsky, Rozhdestvensky, and Svetlanov. A tour to Finland and England in 1991 found the orchestra performing together with a famous rock band, evidence of the flexibility and willingness to work in a variety of genres that would subsequently result in the recording of a broad spectrum of musical styles and nationalities. In 1993, the orchestra made a tour of Spain that resulted in acclaim and positive reviews. With a joint British and Japanese commission, the ensemble was able to produce a 12-program television series intended for international distribution.

By 2001, the orchestra's recordings numbered well over 100, three-quarters of those for Naxos and its sister label Marco Polo. By then under the leadership of Vladimir Ziva (1961 - ), the Moscow Symphony Orchestra had amassed a remarkable range of music, from a Glazunov series to collections devoted to American film classics. Most of the latter have been conducted by William T. Stromberg. Other conductors who have led the orchestra on multiple occasions include Alexander Anissimov, Igor Golovschin, Frederic Devreese (in music by twentieth-century Flemish composer Marcel Poot), and Kerry Stratton. Also represented on disc with this orchestra are works by the Belgian violinist and composer Gottfried Devreese, father of Frederic. The orchestra's training in performing multiple styles has been especially important in the recording of American film scores. Several important movie composers are represented in the orchestra's recording catalogue, among them Bernard Hermann, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, and Erich Korngold, and mastery of the idiom is much in evidence throughout these performances.

Several other rather obscure composers are represented in the Moscow Symphony Orchestra discography. Almeida recorded the symphonies of French composer Henri Sauguet (1901 - 1989) while Guatemalan composer Ricardo Castillo (1891 - 1966) is represented by a disc containing his ballet, Paal Kaba. Still other composers previously underrepresented include the Italian Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882 - 1973) whose symphonies were recorded under Almeida's direction, and the Frenchman Charles Tournemire (1870 - 1939).

Among other distinctions for the Moscow Symphony Orchestra has been the presence as an ensemble member of cellist Scott Brady, the first American to have played in a professional Russian orchestra. Read less
Rimsky-Korsakov: Cantatas / Ziva, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Academy of Choral Art Chorus
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94495   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Active: 1989 - ; Moscow, Russia
The establishment of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra coincided with the crumbling of the former Soviet Union. The orchestra was founded in 1989 by Ellen and Marina Levine, who had both spent a number of years in the United States working in the fields of advertising and marketing. When political changes occurred, the two felt positive about a return to Russia and made moved back to their native country. The orchestra's director was the French Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
I. Largo
II. Scherzo: Allegretto -
III. Finale: Allegretto
I. Lento
II. Luttes (Struggles)
III. Voluptes (Delights)
IV. Jeu divin (Divine Play)
I. Adagio - Allegro appassionato
II. Theme and Variations
III. Intermezzo: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Moderato maestoso - Scherzando - Allegro pesante - Allegro moderato
Main Title
To France - The Caretaker - The Duke
Carriage Ride
Henriette - Gluck: Armida: Overture
A Night to Remember for Louise
Mysteries of Life
The Smiles of Hypocrisy
All Hallows Eve - Lotis Song - Springtime - The Carousel
Reunion and Understanding - Springtime Again - Henriette
Jailed
Rushing to a Dying Duke - The Duke - Final Farewell
Finale - End Cast
Main Title - Sailor's Hornpipe
A Stolen Life - Twins
Karnock - Shopping Tour
Storm - Aftermath
Interlude
Talbot and Confrontation
Finale
Main Title
A. Sanchez: El Desayuno
Attack on the Train
The Journey Commences
Windstorm
Campfire - Up There - Water Trough - Gold-Digging - Cave-in - Rescue
Texas Memories
Night - Distrust - Gila Monster
Bandits - Outnumbered - Federales
Cody's Letter - Texas Memories (Reprise)
Packing Up - Indian Visitors
Funeral Chant
Unwilling Caretakers
Madness
Narange Dolce
After Dobbs - The Man in the Hole! - Arrested
The Ruins
Texas Memories - Finale
End Cast
Theatrical trailer
Alternate Main Title
Alternate Finale
Main Title
Spain: King and Alvarez - Dona Maria - Alvarez-Lopez - The Slaves
The Big Drum
The Albatross - Battle - Duel - Thanks for Convincing the Trumpeter
Slaves Release
Night Banquet
Love Scene on the Boat - The Throne Room
The Sea Hawks - The Monkey - Captain Thorpe's Entrance - Exit - Elizabeth and Thorpe
Map of Panama
Rose Garden
Albatross-Kroner - Chart Maker - Astronomer
The Chess Game - Farewell - Panama Montage - The Orchid
Thorpe's Men Hiding - Gold Caravan
Attack - You Know My Name - March - The Fight - In the Jungle - Relax - Thorpe cuts through Jungle - Ocean - The Hanging Man - The Trial - The Galley
Maria's Song - After Maria's Song - Maria Faints - Elizabeth Against Philip
Main Title
Mysterioso
Jealousy - Tenderness
After the Party
A Pity
Preparation
Preparation
Paraphrase
Paraphrase
Newspaper
Newspaper
Mirror
Mirror
Murder
Murder
Alibi
Alibi
If
If
The End - The Cast
The End - The Cast
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original Theatrical Trailer
Cello Concerto (original version)
I. Adagio solenne - Allegro assai: section 1
I. Adagio solenne - Allegro assai: section 2
I. Adagio solenne - Allegro assai: section 3
I. Adagio solenne - Allegro assai: section 4
II. Andante sostenuto e molto espressivo: section 1
II. Andante sostenuto e molto espressivo: section 2
II. Andante sostenuto e molto espressivo: section 3
II. Andante sostenuto e molto espressivo: section 4
II. Andante sostenuto e molto espressivo: section 5
III. Allegro assai: section 1
III. Allegro assai: section 2
IV. Lento maestoso e mesto: section 1
IV. Lento maestoso e mesto: section 2
IV. Lento maestoso e mesto: section 3
IV. Lento maestoso e mesto: section 4
Main Title
Ship at Sea
In Dakang
Runaway Blues
Fire!
An Offer of Help
Memories
Chinese Chatter
Forgotten Island
Quicksand - Little Kong
The Styracosaur
The Black Bear
Finger Fixings
Campfire at Night
The Olde Temple
Johnny Get Your Gun
Finale
Main Title
The Wreck
The Approach
Russian Waltz
Incidental Music
Agitato
The Iron Door
Night
The Count Approaches
Misterioso Dramatico
The Chase
The Chase Continues
The Waterfall
The Fight
Escape - Finale
I. Main Title Part 1
II. Beautiful day
III. Alyosha by the river
IV. Stalin's garden
V. Alyosha and Natalia in the fields - Attack
VI. Hitler's reception
VII. In the devastated village
VIII. Forward!
IX. Main Title Part 2
X. The roll call - Attack at night
XI. Storming Seelov Heights (Zielona Gora)
XII. The flooding of the underground station
XIII. The final battle for the Reichstag - Kostya's death
XIV. Yussuf's death - The Red Banner
XV. Stalin at Berlin Airport
XVI. Finale: Stalin's speech - Alyosha and Natasha reunited
I. Introduction
II. Romance (Meeting of Shibayev with Katya)
III. Scene from the Sea Battle
IV. Scherzo
V. The Assault on the Red Hill, "Assault on Beautiful Gorky"
VI. Intermezzo
VII. Finale
Main Title
Dunson Heads South
Camp
The Red Menace Strikes
The Lone Survivor
Birth of D
Mexican Burial
Growth of the Dunson Empire
Roundup
Suspense at Dawn
On to Missouri
The Drive Moves North
The Brazos Trail
Stampede
The Missing Cowboy
Latimer Burial
Thunder on the Trail
Ahead
Crossing
Cottonwood Justice
Dunson Swears Vengeance
Comanche Arrows
In Wait
Fight for Life
Vigil in the Night
Foggy Night Surrender
The Spectre Takes Form
Interlude
Out of the Past
Memory of Love
A Joyous Meeting
Approach to Abilene
A Big Day of Abilene
The Spectre Closes In
A Message for Matt
The Challenge
The New Brand
Main Title
A Boat in the Fog
The Island - The Railing
Jungle Dance
Meeting with the Black Men (punia! casco!!)
The Little Monkey Escapes
Sea at Night - Forgotten Island
Aboriginal Sacrificial Dance
Entrance of Kong - The Sailors - Stegosaurus
The Bronte
Log Sequence
Cryptic Shadows
Stolen Love - The Cave
The Snake - The Bird - The Swimmers
The Return
Hey Look Out! It's Kong, Kong's Coming!'
King Kong March (arr. L. Moore)
Fanfares Nos. 1, 2 and 3
Kong Escapes
Elevated Train Sequence
Aeroplanes
Finale ('It was Beauty Killed the Beast')
Prelude (B. Herrmann)
The Ruins (B. Herrmann)
The Red Sea and Childhood (B. Herrmann)
The Nile and Temple (B. Herrmann)
The Chariot Ride (B. Herrmann)
Pursuit (B. Herrmann)
Taia (B. Herrmann)
Party's End (B. Herrmann)
Nefer-Nefer-Nefer (B. Herrmann)
The Rebuke (B. Herrmann)
The Deed (B. Herrmann)
The Harp and Couch (B. Herrmann)
The Perfection of Love (B. Herrmann)
Violence (B. Herrmann)
The Homecoming (B. Herrmann)
The True Pharaoh (B. Herrmann)
The Tomb (B. Herrmann)
The Holy War (B. Herrmann)
Dance Macabre (B. Herrmann)
Main Title - Opening Scene - Briefing in an Hour
Take Off - In the Plane
Jumping
Killing the Sentry - Getting Ready
Stop Firing - No Landing
Andante
Two Came Back - Hollis is OK
Burmese Village - Jacob's Death - Burial - Retreat
Resting - Radio Gone
Missing the Plane - Waiting - Up the Hill - Williams' Death
At Night
Invasion - Landing
The Camp - Finale
Generique (Main Title)
La Belle et Avenant (Beauty and Avenant)
Dans la foret (In the Forest)
La salle des festins (The Banquet Hall)
Le vol d'une rose (The Theft of a Rose)
Retour du Marchand (The Merchant's Return)
Depart de Belle (Beauty's Departure)
Les couloirs mysterieux (Mysterious Corridors)
Apparition de la Bete (Appearance of the Beast)
Dans la chambre a coucher (In the Bedroom)
Le souper (The Dinner)
Moments d'effroi (Frightful Moments)
La farce du drapier (The Burlesque of the Draper)
Les entretiens au parc (Conversations in the Park)
La promesse (The Promise)
La Bete jalouse (Beast's Jealousy)
Desespoir d'amour (Love's Despair)
Les cinq secrets (The Five Secrets)
L'attente (The Waiting)
Proposition d'Avenant (Avenant's Proposal)
Le miroir et le gant (The Mirror and the Glove)
Le pavillion de Diane (Diana's Pavilion)
Prince Charmant (Prince Charming)
L'envolee (Flying Upwards)
Main Title
Pirates
Young Samuel Clemens Finds his Place
The River Pilot
Riverboat in Fog
The Mule - Digging - Cave In
Frogs
Gold Rush
Mark Twain is Discovered
Theatre Scene
The Squirrel - Livy
Toy Shop
Inspiration
Appreciation
Darn Coat Tails
More Squirrels
Neck Tie Troubles
Public Shame
Buggy Ride
Typesetter
Meeting General Grant
Bedtime Story
World Tour Begins
World Tour Continues
The Call
Sorrow
Oxford
Comet's Return
Finale
I. Variations sur un theme russe
II. Air de danse
III. Scherzo
IV. Basso ostinato
V. Marche
I. Theme (Andante)
II. Variation I: Dialogue
III. Variation II: Valse
IV. Variation III: Marche triomphale
V. Variation IV: Menuet (XVIIIeme siecle)
VI. Variation V: Gavotte
VII. Variation VI: Scherzo
VIII. Variation VII: Marche funebre
IX. Variation VIII: Nocturne
X. Variation IX: Polonaise
Main Title Part 1
Beautiful Day
Alyosha by the river
Stalin's garden
Alyosha and Natalia in the fields - Attack
Hitler's reception
In the devastated village
Forward!
Main Title Part 2
The roll call - Attack at night
Storming Seelov Heights (Zielona Gora)
The flooding of the underground station
The final battle for the Reichstag - Kostya's death
Yussuf's death - The Red Banner
Stalin at Berlin airport
Finale: Stalin's speech - Alyosha and Natasha reunited
Introduction
Romance (Meeting of Shibayev with Katya)
Scene from the Sea Battle
Scherzo
The Assault on the Red Hill, "Assault on Beautiful Gorky"
Intermezzo
Finale
Overture
Nocturne
Memory Waltz
Adagietto
The Silence
The Fall
Sorrow
The Awakening
Barcarolle
Interlude I
Interlude II
The Letter
The Farewell
The River
The Hyena
Helen
Witch Doctor
The Death-watch
Panic
Finale
Prelude
Cicero
The Embassy
The Film
The Old Street
The Safe
Dreams
Five Weeks
Romance
Departure
Alone
The Charwoman
Escape
The Pursuit
The Boat
Rio
Finale
Introduction
Procession of the Comet
Devil's Dance
Vakula woos Oksana
Polonaise
Ovsyen and Kolyada
Overture
Main Title
Fort Lamy
The Great Elephants
Morel's Retribution
Morel's Camp
Minna and St. Denis
Minna and Major Forsythe
The Jungle Clearing
The Elephant Herd
Minna's Dream
The Ivory Poachers
The Elephant Hunt
Morel's Capture
At the Well
The Sand Storm
Return to Biondi
Return to Biondi (Part 2)
Minna's Goodbye
Finale and End Titles
Main Title
Return to Yarmouth
Visit to Aunt Betsey - Davy Loves Emily
Agnes's Arrival - Mother's Funeral
Mr Micawber
Memories of Dora and Steerforth
Love for Dora
Mr Micawber Exposes Heep
Dora's Declaration
Agnes leaves David
In Search of Emily
Emigration to Australia
David's Resolution and Finale
Main Title
Ship at Sea
In Dakang
Runaway Blues
Fire!
An Offer of Help
Memories
Chinese Chatter
Forgotten Island
Quicksand - Little Kong
The Styracosaur
The Black Bear
Finger Fixings
Campfire at Night
The Old Temple
Johnny Get Your Gun
Finale
Main Title
The Wreck
The Approach
Russian Waltz
Incidental Music
Agitato
The Iron Door
Night
The Count Approaches
Misterioso Dramatico
The Chase
The Chase Continues
The Waterfall
The Fight
Escape - Finale
I. Evening. The Town Sleeps. The Watchmen's Call. Song of a Young Improviser
II. Dance of the Young Men and Girls
III. An Old Man's Ballad
IV. Fanfares. Return of the Victorious Troops. General Triumph
V. Celebration of the Warriors. The Young Improvisor Appears in the Middle of the Dance. Unbridled Orgy
Prelude: A Hymn to Nature
Wedding Procession
Tatar Invasion and Battle of Kerzhenets
Death of Fevroniya and Apotheosis of the Invisible City
Main Title
A. Sanchez: El Desayuno
Attack on the Train
The Journey Commences
Windstorm
Campfire - Up There - Water Trough - Gold-Digging - Cave-in - Rescue
Texas Memories
Night - Distrust - Gila Monster
Bandits - Outnumbered - Federales
Cody's Letter - Texas Memories (Reprise)
Packing Up - Indian Visitors
Funeral Chant
Unwilling Caretakers
Madness
Narange Dolce
After Dobbs - The Man in the Hole! - Arrested
The Ruins
Texas Memories - Finale
End Cast