Moscow Symphony Orchestra

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
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  • 1.
    Brun: Symphony No. 2 & Symphonic Prologue / Adriano, Moscow Symphony
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7416 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Brun
    Conductor:  Adriano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sainton: Moby Dick / Stromberg, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573367 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Sainton
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood / Stromberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573369 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Scriabin: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280502 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Alexander Nemtin
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gordon Fergus-Thompson,  Vovka Ashkenazy  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Igor Golovchin,  Valery Gergiev,  Eliahu Inbal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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    Arnold: Roots Of Heaven, David Copperfield / Stromberg, Moscow Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573366 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Cello Concertos 1 & 2 / Ivashkin, Polyansky
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9413 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin
    Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Cantatas / Ziva, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Academy of Choral Art Chorus
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94495 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Dmitri Kortchak,  Nikolai Didenko,  Svetlana Sizova,  Tatiana Fedotova  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Choral Academy
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    Franz Hummel: Hatikva - Symphony For Clarinet And Orchestra; Fukushima - Violin Symphony / Kornienko, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12002 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Hummel
    Performer:  Giora Feidman,  Elena Denisova
    Conductor:  Alexei Kornienko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94369 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Nicholas Busch,  Gwydion Brooke,  John McCaw  ... 
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Yondani Butt,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Ballet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501055 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  André Anichanov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Russian Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501059 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Gerard Schwarz,  Antoni Wit,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Brun: Symphonies 6 & 7 / Adriano, Moscow Symphony
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7372 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Brun
    Conductor:  Adriano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Herrmann: Battle Of Neretva, The Naked And The Dead / Stromberg, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 26134606 Release Date: 01/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Herrmann
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Alexander Korneyev Conducts Alyabyev, Mozart, Hummel
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001016 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Alyabyev,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dmitri Ratser,  Arbo Valdmar
    Conductor:  Alexander Korneiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Monster Music - Classic Horror Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506026 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Hans Salter,  Wojciech Kilar,  Frank Skinner  ... 
    Performer:  Leonid Makarevich
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg,  Antoni Wit,  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Philharmonic,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Overture In C Minor / Rozhdestvensky, Skripka
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1139 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Sergei Skripka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Malipiero: Symphonies No 9 & 10, 	  Sinfonia Dello Zodiaco / De Almeida, Moscow Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570882 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian-Francesco Malipiero
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Romeo & Juliet - Love Eternal
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578102 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vasily Jelvakov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Marin Alsop,  Yoav Talmi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  Colorado Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Malipiero: Symphony No 7 / Almeida, Moscow Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570881 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian-Francesco Malipiero
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Symphony no 1, Isle of the Dead / Kogan, Moscow State SO
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Pavel Kogan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Malipiero: Symphonies 5, 6, 8 & 11 / Almeida, Moscow SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570880 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian-Francesco Malipiero
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Malipiero: Symphonies Vol 2 / Almeida, Moscow SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570879 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian-Francesco Malipiero
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Orchestra Music Of Jeffrey Jacob / Shimada, Mitchell
    Label: Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog: 3057 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Jacob
    Performer:  Jeffrey Jacob,  Maria Staeblein
    Conductor:  Jon Ceander Mitchell,  Toshiyuki Shimada,  Joel Spiegelman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Steiner: The Charge Of The Light Brigade / Stromberg, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637391714 Release Date: 04/19/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Steiner
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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