Evgeny Svetlanov Archive
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Symphonic Works – USSR State Academic Sym. Orch./ Evgeny Svetlanov – Melodiya (4 CDs)
Svetlanov delivers a fine cross-section of the basic Rimsky-Korsakov repertory in sterling and exciting performances.
Conductor Evgeny Svetlanov = BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3; HAYDN: Symphony in G Major “Military”; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony in B Minor, “Manfred” – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Svetlanov – Testament
A document testifying to the unbridled enthusiasm Russian conductor Svetlanov brought to his one appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic, despite some major cuts in the Tchaikovsky score.
KALINNIKOV: “Symphonic Works” = Symphonies Nos. 1 in g minor & 2 in A Major; Intermezzi Nos. 1 in A Major & 2 in G Major; Serenade for Strings; Nymphs; Bylina Overture; The Cedar and the Palm; “Suite;” Incidental Music to “Tsar Boris” – USSR State Academic Sym. Orch./ Evgeny Svetlanov – Melodiya (3 CDs)
A most worthwhile collection of orchestral works by this rather obscure Russian composer.
“Menuhin in Moscow” = BACH: Adagio from Solo Sonata No. 1; BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3; BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto – Yehudi Menuhin, violin/ Hephzibah Menuhin, piano/ USSR State Sym. Orch./ Evgeny Svetlanov – Melodiya
Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin scored an artistic and ‘political’ triumph in Moscow 1962, playing a combination of chamber and full concert music.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme; Souvenir de Florence; The Tempest–Symphonic Fantasy – Mstislav Rostropovich, cello/Leningrad Philharmonic Orch./ Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Borodin String Q./ USSR Sym./ Evgeny Svetlanov – Regis
A Tchaikovsky reissue of anomalous but lovely works, brilliantly performed in each case and sonically splendid.