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'Tribute to Evgeny Svetlanov'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Tribute to Evgeny Svetlanov'

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'Tribute to Evgeny Svetlanov' [DVD]

Bartok Piano Concerto No 3, Sz119 (a) Prokofiev Seven, They Are Seven, Op 30 (b). Two Poems, Op 7 (c). Rachmaninov The Bells (d) (d) Tatiana Pavlovskaya sop (bd) Vsevolod Grivnov ten (d) Sergei Leiferkus bar (a) Yefim Bronfman of (cd) Yurlov State Academic Chorus; State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia / Vladimir Jurowski Video director Andy Sommer BelAir Classiques (F) [DVD] BAC107 (84' * NTSC * 16:9 * DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * S) Recorded live at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, September 6,2013

Evgeny Svetlanov was a giant among Soviet conductors. Formerly at the Bolshoi Theatre, from 1965 he was Principal Conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, which was later renamed the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia. He was fired in 2000 (ostensibly for spending too much time conducting abroad). The orchestra now carries Svetlanov's name (he died in 2002) and this concert was held in the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory on what would have been his 85th birthday. None of this detail is to be found in the DVD booklet, because there is none. The only information we get in BelAir's shoddy presentation comes via a brief interview with Vladimir Jurowski, Chief Conductor since 2011, exclusively about Rachmaninov's The Bells. …

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