In memory of Yevgeny Svetlanov. Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, Patricia Kopachinskaya : Moscow State Philharmonic Society

    In memory of Yevgeny Svetlanov.
    Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia,
    Vladimir Jurowski, Patricia Kopachinskaya

    September 15, 2015

    Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

    "The Breath of Exhausted Time" (the Russian premiere)
    Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra
    Symphony No. 1


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    Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia

    Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra

    State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) for 75 years has been one of the leading orchestras of Russia and a special pride of this country's musical culture.

    The ensemble's debut performance took place on 5 October 1936, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Only a few months later, it went on an extensive tour around the former USSR.

    From its inception, the orchestra has been led by the finest musicians such as its founder Alexander Gauk (1936-1941); Natan Rakhlin (1941-1945), who guided it through the difficult World War II years; Konstantin Ivanov (1945-1965), who, for the first time, took it on international tours; and "the last romantic of the 20th century", Evgeny Svetlanov (1965-2000). Under Svetlanov's leadership the orchestra became one of the world's best, and its repertoire has grown to include virtually all Russian symphonic music, nearly all Western classics, and countless works by contemporary composers. From 2000 to 2002 the orchestra was headed by Vassily Sinaisky, and from 2002 to 2011, by Mark Gorenstein.

    On 24 October 2011 Vladimir Jurowski is appointed an artistic director of State Symphony Orchestra of Russia.
    On 27 October 2005, the name of Evgeny Fedorovich Svetlanov became part of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia official name in recognition of his invaluable contribution to Russian musical culture.

    The orchestra performs at such prestigious venues as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Musikverein (Vienna), Albert Hall (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).

    The list of world renowned and legendary figures who graced the podium of the orchestra as guest conductors includes H. Abendroth, A. Cluytens, V. Gergiev, N. Golovanov, M. Jansons, E. Kleiber, K. Kondrashin, K. Masur, A. Melik-Pashaev, Y. Menuhin, E. Mravinsky, C. Munch, M. Rostropovich, G. Rozhdestvensky, S. Samosud, and Y. Temirkanov to name a few.

    Among the outstanding soloists who have performed with the orchestra are I. Arkhipova, Yu. Bashmet, M. Caballe, P. Domingo, A Fischer, Gilels, N. Gutman, O. Kagan, L. Kogan, V. Krainev, M. Long Y. Menuhin, D. Oistrakh, N. Petrov, M. Pletnev, S. Richter, V. Spivakov, V. Tretyakov, and E. Virsaladze. Recently, this stellar roster was expanded to add A. Baeva, A. Buzlov, M. Fedotov, M. Gulegina, D. Hvorostovsky, E. Kissin, A. Knyazev, A. Korobeinikov, M. Kultyshev, N. Lugansky, D. Matsuev, V. Rudenko, A. Rudin, and M. Vengerov.

    After its first tour abroad in 1956, the orchestra has regularly represented Russian culture in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the US, and other countries and participated in the major international festivals and charitable events.

    The ensemble devotes a great deal of time to touring Russian cities and also, to charitable activities, including free performances at the country's hospitals, schools, and orphanages.

    The orchestra's discography includes hundreds of recordings released by leading Russian and foreign labels such as Melodiya, Bomba-Piter, EMI Classics, BMG, Naxos, Chandos, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm, and others. The special place in this list belongs to the famous Anthology of the Russian Symphonic Music encompassing audio recordings of Russian composers from Glinka to Glazunov, a Svetlanov's project, to which he dedicated many years.

    The orchestra's creative biography is a succession of triumphant achievements that have secured its permanent place in the annals of world culture.

    Vladimir Jurowski

    One of today’s most sought-after and dynamic conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco.

    Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming the orchestra's Principal Conductor in September 2007. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has also held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2001), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009) and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013).

    Vladimir Jurowski has appeared on the podium with many of the world's leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Highlights of the 2013/14 season and beyond include his debuts with the New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and San Francisco Symphony, tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and return visits to the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Rundfunk Sinfonie-orchester Berlin, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

    Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1999 with Rigoletto, and has since returned for Jenufa, The Queen of Spades and Hansel und Gretel. He has conducted Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre, and Iolanta and Der Teufel von Loudon at the Dresden Semperoper, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Peter Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne Opera. In 2013 he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Frau ohne Schatten, and future engagements include Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin and The Fiery Angel at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

    Jurowski’s discography includes the first ever recording of the cantata Exile by Giya Kancheli for ECM, Meyerbeer’s L’etoile du Nord for Marco Polo, Massenet’s Werther for BMG, and a series of records for PentaTone with the Russian National Orchestra, including Tchaikovsky's Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Stravinsky's Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée, Shostakovich Symphonies No 1 & 6, Prokofiev Symphony No 5, and Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Incidental Music. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has released a wide selection of his live recordings on their LPO Live label, including Brahms Symphonies No. 1 and No. 2, Mahler Symphonies No. 1 and No. 2, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 4, 5, 6 and Manfred, and works by Turnage, Holst, Britten, Shostakovich, Honegger and Haydn. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented in CD releases of La Cenerentola, Tristan und Isolde and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, and DVD releases of his performances of La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, and Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight, and other DVD releases include Hansel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera New York, his first concert as London Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal conductor featuring works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler, and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Beethoven symphonies 4 and 7) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Strauss and Ravel), all released by Medici Arts.

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's repertoire ranges from baroque and classical (often played on gut strings) to new commissions or re-interpretations of modern masterworks.

    2014/15 sees Kopatchinskaja make her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Peter Eötvös’ DoReMi under the baton of the composer as part of Musikfest Berlin. She also performs the concerto at the Dialoge Festival of Salzburg’s Mozarteum. Other highlights this season include her debut with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Sir Roger Norrington and the Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy. She is also Artist-in-Residence with the hr-sinfonieorchester, in concerts conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, Roland Kluttig and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

    In spring 2015 Kopatchinskaja tours Switzerland with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo and the Netherlands and France with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Philippe Herreweghe. She also performs Gubaidulina’s Offertorium on a major European tour with NDR Sinfonieorchester and Thomas Hengelbrock. Kopatchinskaja was recently named as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and her first performance in this role in November 2014 combined traditional folk music with classical works.

    Last season’s highlights included debut performances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks at Munich’s Musica Viva Festival, with Akademie für alte Musik Berlin under René Jacobs and Musica Aeterna ensemble with Teodor Currentzis. She also performed at the closing concerts of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vladimir Jurowski at the Edinburgh International and Santander festivals.

    Chamber music is of immense importance to Kopatchinskaja and she performs regularly with artists such as Sol Gabetta, Markus Hinterhäuser and Polina Leschenko as well as members of her own family. She is also a founding member of the highly acclaimed quartet-lab, a string quartet with Pekka Kuusisto, Lilli Maijala and Pieter Wispelwey. In autumn 2014 the quartet undertook their second major tour with performances at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Konzerthaus Dortmund.

    A prolific recording artist, Kopatchinskaja’s recent releases for Naïve Classique include violin concerti by Prokofiev and Stravinsky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski, and concerti by Bartók, Ligeti and Peter Eötvös with hr-Sinfonieorchester/Ensemble Modern. The latter recording won Gramophone’s Recording of the Year Award in 2013, as well as an ICMA Award, ECHO Klassik Award and a 2014 Grammy nomination. She also received an ECHO Klassik Award in the chamber music category for her 2009 recording of sonatas by Beethoven Ravel, Bártok & Fazil Say. She has also recorded works by Tigran Mansurian and Ustvolskaya for ECM Records.

    The winner of numerous prizes during her career, Kopatchinskaja was recently named by the Royal Philharmonic Society as their Instrumentalist of the Year in 2014 for ourstanding live performances in the UK.

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays a violin made by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda in 1834. She is a goodwill ambassador for the charity Terre des Hommes, through which she supports projects for children in Moldova.