Shostakovich- Symphonies Nos 3 & 10 (2011)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich was born in St Petersburg on 25 September, 1906, one of three children in the family of a government official. He began regular music lessons at the age of nine and enrolled at the Petrograd (St Petersburg) Conservatoire at thirteen, studying in the composition classes of Professor Maximilian Steinberg, himself a pupil and son-in-law of Rimsky-Korsakov. From his very first efforts at composition, Shostakovich’s genius as a composer shone through, and his training in the Korsakov school fostered his brilliant technical grasp. He completed the course in composition at the Conservatoire in 1923 and Professor Leonid V. Nikolaev’s course in piano in 1925. The highest achievement of his early creative period is the First Symphony (1925) and The Nose, the opera based on Gogol’s tale (1928). These scores combined all the novelty of the Russian musical avant-garde along with the dramatic qualities – through the complete range to high tragedy – which were later to become the hallmark of the greatness and renown of Shostakovich the artist.

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Shostakovich- Symphonies Nos 3 & 10 (2011)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, John Newton, Mark Donohue & Dirk Sobotka
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 3- I. Allegretto
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Symphony No. 3- II. Allegro
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Symphony No. 3- III. Moderato
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Symphony No. 10- I. Moderato
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Symphony No. 10- II. Allegro
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Symphony No. 10- III. Allegretto
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Symphony No. 10- IV. Andante - Allegro
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