Classic Archive: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
1 Sep 2008
Other participants: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Lovingly restored, using the finest state-of-the-art technology, EuroArts’ series „Classic Archive“ features great performances by legendary artists, offering a unique glimpse into our classical musical heritage at an affordable mid-range price. Gennady Rozhdestvensky was the first Russian conductor to be appointed head of major Western orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra 1978-81 and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra from 1981. Born in 1931, he made his début at the Bolshoi a year before Stalin’s death. He is deeply committed to contemporary music and was a close friend of such great composers as Shostakovich and Schnittke. He also championed Prokofiev’s later works, which had been banned until then. These recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich made in London in 1978 are an illustration of his work as a champion of Russian orchestral music. The insightful beauty and the colour and rhythm of his interpretations have helped to make Russian repertoire a favourite among central European audiences. Gennady Rozhdestvensky enchants orchestras and audiences alike with the magic of his baton: witty and implacable, easy-going by nature, he draws his inspiration directly from the compositions. This DVD offers a wonderful opportunity to experience this musical character and influential figure on the podium.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor;
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor Op. 43.