Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Prokofiev

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Prokofiev

Catalogue No:

ICAC5035

Series:

Legacy

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Aug 2011

Barcode:

5060244550353

Length:

68 minutes

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Prokofiev


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Sorochinsky Fair version. Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 July 1981.

David Wilson-Johnson (bass-baritone)

BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus & BBCSO

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

Far East Tour, Kurashiki City Auditorium, Kurashiki, Japan, 31 May 1981

BBCSO

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Leeds Music Festival, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, 1 June 1979

BBCSO


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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (b. 1931) is the last living survivor of a great Russian quartet of conductors consisting of Mravinsky, Kondrashin and Svetlanov. He was the highly distinguished principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1981, an exciting period in the orchestra’s history, faithfully captured here.

The Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev recordings have never been issued before on CD, while the Mussorgsky was released on the now defunct BBC Radio Classics series over 15 years ago.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 from the 1979 Leeds Music Festival is one of the conductor’s most inspired performances, rivalling Mravinsky in his celebrated accounts. Rozhdestvensky treats it as a broad tragedy of the highest order without sentimentalising it.

Rozhdestvensky’s championship of Mussorgsky produces a rarity – the version of A Night on a Bare Mountain used in the composer’s Sorochinsky Fair, which includes a chorus and a bass-baritone (David Wilson-Jones). This version, from the 1981 BBC Proms, is sung in English.

Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges Suite was given on a Far East tour in Kurashiki, Japan in 1981 and benefits from Rozhdestvensky’s long experience with ballet and, in this performance, his fiery impetus.

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima

II. Andantino in modo di canzone

III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro

IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: St. John's Night on Bald Mountain, "A Night on the Bare Mountain" (version for choir)

St. John's Night on Bald Mountain, "A Night on the Bare Mountain" (version for choir)

Sergey Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis

I. The Clowns

II. The Magician and the Witch play cards

III. March

IV. Scherzo

V. The Prince and Princess

VI. The Flight

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