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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Mariinsky

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Stravinsky's historical status in Russia today is rather ambiguous. The young Russian composer left his native country shortly before the Revolution of October 1917 to care for his wife in Switzerland and didn’t return until 1962. He was welcomed triumphantly, but almost like a composer who was foreign to his own country. In the meantime, Stravinsky had become French, then American, turning his back on Soviet politics by becoming one of the main figures in Western musical composition. Following the collapse of the communist system and the emergence of today's Russia, Stravinsky's music gradually became part of the repertoire of Russian orchestras, as did the work of national treasures such as Tchaikovsky or Shostakovich. Here Valery Gergiev offers us the colourful original version of Petrushka (1911), with its large orchestra and a meter that had not yet been standardized by the subsequent revisions made by the composer. The poetry of the circus prevails here, and the accomplished virtuosos of the excellent Mariinsky Orchestra wonderfully restore the popular flavour of Stravinsky's music. The musical language is completely different in Playing cards, the ballet that the Russian composer wrote in the United States for dancer and choreographer George Balanchine in 1936. This came at the height of Stravinsky’s neoclassical period, that dates back to his 1920 ballet Pulcinella. Though in a way, was Petrushka not a "neoclassical" ballet too? Although the language is different, the parodic meaning, which we so often find in Stravinsky’s world, is present in both works; the citations being from popular origins in Petrushka (Wood leg for example, a song made famous by Dranem in 1908) as well as learned origins in Playing Cards, which merrily mixes The Barber of Seville by Rossini with Symphony No.5 by Beethoven and La Valse by Ravel in a pleasant potpourri. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released April 13, 2018 | Mariinsky

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The second volume in a series of compilations exploring the jewels of Russian classical music as performed by the country’s greatest musical institution. Russian Classics Vol. 2 includes some of the most recognisable and well-loved pieces that Russian music has to offer, including Tchaikovsky’s delicate Waltz of the Flowers, the brooding opening to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and the Great Gate of Kiev from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
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Classical - Released October 20, 2017 | Mariinsky

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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | Mariinsky

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Opera - Released October 14, 2016 | Mariinsky

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Symphonic Music - Released January 8, 2016 | Mariinsky

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This major release programmed to showcase some of Prokofiev's finest works launches in early 2016 the Mariinsky label's projects to honour the 125th anniversary of the composer’s birth, under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev, a long-time champion of the music of Prokofiev. Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin plays Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 4 for the left hand, the only of Prokofiev's piano works that was not performed during his lifetime due to the following. Commissioned to Prokofiev by the Austrian one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein (amputated during the World War I) and written in 1930, this concerto was not appreciated by the dedicatee who refused to include it in his repertoire. It was not premiered in Berlin until September 1956, by the West Berlin RSO conducted by Martin Rich, but with another pianist, Siegfried Rapp (amputated too but during World War II). Alexei Volodin's performance was described as 'superbly controlled and beautifully subtle" by The Guardian. The American-Armenian musician Sergei Babyan performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 5 premiered in Berlin in October 1932 by Prokofiev himself conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. The Telegraph reviewer was sufficiently moved to write: "Never have I seen so many fast and furious hand-crossings, so many dizzying flights from top to bottom of the keyboard, all performed flawlessly". © Qobuz
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Classical - Released August 28, 2015 | Mariinsky

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Symphonic Music - Released May 4, 2015 | Mariinsky

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Opera - Released March 9, 2015 | Mariinsky

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Classical - Released February 9, 2015 | Mariinsky

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Classical - Released January 12, 2015 | Mariinsky

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Symphonic Music - Released June 2, 2014 | Mariinsky

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Classical - Released May 5, 2014 | Mariinsky

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Symphonic Music - Released March 10, 2014 | Mariinsky

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Classical - Released February 10, 2014 | Mariinsky

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Symphonic Music - Released October 14, 2013 | Mariinsky

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Opera - Released August 26, 2013 | Mariinsky

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Opera - Released May 17, 2013 | Mariinsky

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Opera - Released February 11, 2013 | Mariinsky

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Symphonic Music - Released December 3, 2012 | Mariinsky

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