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Kirill Kondrashin

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Kiril Petrovich Kondrashin was internationally the best-known conductor from the Soviet Union as well as the most prominent someone to emigrate from that nation. He was known for energetic and solid shows of a broad repertory, specially the Russian experts. He was raised with music, as his family members included many orchestral music artists. He got piano lessons, as well as the family members got him lessons in musical theory on the Musical Teknikum with Nikolai Zhilyayev, who got a strong impact on him. While still students, he produced his performing debut in 1931 on the Children’s Movie theater. He inserted the Moscow Conservatory in 1934, where he researched performing with Boris Khaikin. He graduated in 1936, but at that time got obtained employment as associate conductor on the Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in 1934, debuting using the operetta Les cloches de Corneville by Planquette. In 1936 he was conductor in the Maly Opera Theatre in Leningrad, keeping that post until 1943. And also other artists who have been deemed vital that you the war work, he was evacuated from besieged Leningrad following the German invasion of Russia. In 1943, he joined up with the conducting personnel from the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, that was also inside a wartime house beyond your capital. He continued to be using the Bolshoi until 1956, producing proclaimed improvement in his interpretation. In the meantime, a demand was building for him being a concert conductor. He received Stalin Awards in 1948 and 1949. When he still left the Bolshoi, it had been with the purpose of centering his profession in the podium instead of within the pit. His popularity grew significantly in 1958, when he led the orchestra within the prizewinning performances of American pianist Truck Cliburn on the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Cliburn charmed both his house nation and his Russian hosts, as well as the ensuing LP record from the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto, executed by Kondrashin, was a long-time greatest seller. This resulted in his American and United kingdom debuts, producing Kondrashin the very first Soviet conductor to surface in the U.S. In 1960 he was called artistic director from the Moscow Philharmonic, and therefore participated in another piano concerto blockbuster documenting using a U.S. piano superstar, the fantastic Prokofiev Third Concerto documenting for Mercury with Byron Janis, still regarded by many the best interpretation of this brilliant focus on disk. Kondrashin’s performances had been shiny and dramatic, maintaining programmatic interpretations that commentators noticed because the legacy of his movie theater profession. He was the U.S.S.R.’s finest interpreter of Mahler, leading all of the symphonies with uncommon restraint and with the expressive and dramatic characteristics from the music apparently improved by understatement. He still left the Moscow Philharmonic in 1975, embracing guest conducting. Due to high demand beyond your U.S.S.R., he made a decision to emigrate in 1978. He was called permanent conductor from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1979, and instantly began creating a notable group of recordings together, but died for the reason that town only 2 yrs later.

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Full Name Kirill Kondrashin
Died March 7, 1981, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Profession Conductor
Education Moscow Conservatory
Nationality Russian
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Albums Van Cliburn in Moscow, Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 3 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Concerto no. 3, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Borodin: Symphony no. 2, Scheherazade, Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43, The Piano Concertos (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Kirill Kondrashin, piano: Sviatoslav Richter), Liszt : Piano Concerto, The Bells, op. 35, Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61, Symphonic Dances / The Bells, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B minor, op. 23, Rachmaninoff: Concerto no. 3 / Prokofiev: Concerto no. 3, Sinfonie Nr. 5, Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians / Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Second Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, OP. 23, Chausson: Poème - Ravel: Tzigane (Mono Version), Kabalevsky: The Comedians, Sibelius Pelleas & Melissande Op. 46 Suite 5-8, Liszt: Piano Concertos 1, 2 & Piano Sonata, Classical Symphonies: A Collection, Liszt: Concertos pour piano Nos. 1 & 2 (Mono Version), Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1, Byron Janis and Kiril Kondrashin vs. Byron Janis and Fritz Reiner (Compare 2 Versions), Kondrashin: The Soviet Years. Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1; Lyadov: Russian Folk-Songs, Violin Masterpieces: Leonid Kogan Plays Lalo, Brahms & Tchaikovsky (Remastered 2017), Rostropovich Cello Concerto in A Minor Op. 33, Allegro non troppo, Brahms: Symphony Nos. 1 & 4, Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 - Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Classical Collection Master Series, Vol. 101, Sviatoslav Richter 100, Vol. 6 (Live), Mendelssohn: Concerto pour violon, Trio Op. 49 & Canzonetta (Les indispensables de Diapason), Dvorák: Concerto pour violon, Op. 53 (Mono Version), Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 2 - Symphony No. 10, Kondrashin: The Soviet Years. Glazunov, Franck, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141 (Digitally Remastered), Glinka: Ivan Soussanine & Rouslan et Ludmila, extraits (Mono Version), Rachmaninov: The Bells (Kolokola) Choral Symphony, Encores, Brahms Symphony No. 2: 1-4, Sibelius Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 47, Capriccio Italien, op. 45 / Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34, Brahms Symphonies: A Collection, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, in D Major, Op. 35 (History Records Classical Edition 2 - Digitally Remastered 2011), Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 129 (Digitally Remastered), Bruch: Concerto pour violon No. 1 - Lalo: Symphonie espagnole (Mono Version), Symphonies no. 3 & 4, Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 10 - 15


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1 He was the conductor for pianist Van Cliburn's famous 1958 recording of Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No.1", the work which enabled Cliburn to win the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Les vendredis d'Apostrophes 2015 TV Movie documentary performer: "Concerto pour piano no1" - as Kyril Kondrashin
La ley del deseo 1987 performer: "Sinfonia 10" - as Kirill Kondrachine
Proof 1980 Short performer: "Symphony No. 8 in C. Minor. Op 63"

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Music Department

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Concert of Stars 1953 Documentary musical director - as K. Kondrashin
The Great Glinka 1946 conductor - as K. Kondrashin

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Concert of Stars 1953 Documentary as K. Kondrashin

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