P. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2 - Serenade for Strings / Conductor Evgeni Svetlanov / Anthology of Russian Symphony Music / Audio CD 1991 / Melodiya

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P. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2 - Serenade for Strings / Conductor Evgeni Svetlanov / Anthology of Russian Symphony Music 66.

Audio CD 1991


SUCD 10-00194

Made in USSR



USSR Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Evgeni Svetlanov

Recorded in 1967 and 1970


Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov (Russian: Евгéний Фёдорович Светлáнов; 6 September 1928 – 3 May 2002) was a Russian conductor, composer and a pianist.

Svetlanov was born in Moscow and studied conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. From 1955 he conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, being appointed principal conductor there in 1962. From 1965 he was principal conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra (now the Russian State Symphony Orchestra). In 1979 he was appointed principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Svetlanov was also music director of the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague) from 1992 to 2000 and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 1999.

In 2000 Svetlanov was fired from his post with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra by the minister of culture of Russia, Mikhail Shvydkoi. The reason given was that Svetlanov was spending too much time conducting abroad and not enough time in Moscow.

Svetlanov was particularly noted for his interpretations of Russian works – he covered the whole range of Russian music, from Mikhail Glinka to the present day. He was also one of the few Russian conductors to conduct the entire symphonic output of Gustav Mahler.

His own compositions included a String Quartet (1948), Daugava, Symphonic Poem (1952), Siberian Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 9 (1953), Images d'Espagne, Rhapsody for orchestra (1954), Symphony (1956), Festive Poem (1966),[1] Russian Variations for harp and orchestra (1975), Piano Concerto in c minor (1976) and Poem for Violin and Orchestra "To the Memory of David Oistrakh" (1975).[2]

Svetlanov was also an extremely competent pianist, three notable recordings being Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor[3] and Cello Sonata op. 19,[4] and a disc of Nikolai Medtner's piano music.

Warner Music France has issued an "Édition officielle Evgeny Svetlanov" featuring Svetlanov's legacy of recordings as conductor and pianist, which by July 2008 had run to 35 volumes of CDs, often multiple-CD boxed sets. The biggest of these is the 16-CD box of the complete symphonies of Nikolai Myaskovsky, to whose music Svetlanov was devoted.





Symphony No. 2 in C minor Op. 17(second version)

1. Andante sostenuto. Allegro vivo

2. Andante marciale quasi moderato

3. Scherzo. Allegro molto vivace

4. Finale. Moderato assai. Allegro Vivo


Serenade For String Orchestra in C major Op. 48

5. Pezzo in forma di sonatina

6. Valse. Moderato, dolce e molto

7. Elegia. Larghetto elegiaco

8. Finale (thema russo) Andante







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