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Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P.


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« on: June 16, 2018, 10:01:18 pm »

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jun/16/russian-conductor-gennady-rozhdestvensky-dead-at-87

No doubt there will be fulsome obituaries to follow. A magnificent conductor with a broad repertoire but obviously a particularly fine Shostakovich interpreter.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2018, 07:53:33 am »

Sad news. From the 1960s onwards I always looked forward to his recordings of the less well known works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. R.I.P.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2018, 12:34:30 pm »

And in addition all of that, a marvellous teacher who has brought on an entire generation of young Russian conductors  (Osetrov, Bogorad, and particularly Maxim Emelyanichev).  We will have cause to be grateful to Rozhdestvensky for decades to come.
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2018, 03:55:26 pm »

Had the privilege of seeing him conduct Lourie's Concerto Spirituale and Schnittke's Gogol Suite on a visit to Berlin back in the nineties, still have scenes and sensations vividly in my head. It is odd, just yesterday I was listening to a piece conducted by him and wondered if he was still alive. Well, guess he always will be in that way. Thanks and Peace to him.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2018, 04:09:38 pm »

For a Russian conductor of his generation and his eminence Rozhdestvensky had an astonishingly enquiring and enterprising approach to repertoire which might usually be regarded as well outside the norm. This was a conductor who recorded Rued Langgaard's "Music of the Spheres" for Chandos and performed all the Vaughan Williams symphonies in St.Petersburg.
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2018, 03:46:43 pm »

Yes, a very sad loss indeed; there seemed to be little or no repertoire to which he couldn't bring new insights. A remerkable conductor in every way!
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2018, 07:01:20 pm »

RIP
IMHO less talented than Svetlanov .However a prominent conductor and essential for XX Century russian repertoire.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 04:43:11 pm »

RIP
IMHO less talented than Svetlanov .However a prominent conductor and essential for XX Century russian repertoire.
Talented in different ways. Svetlanov was a fine pianist and recorded the Medtner violin and piano sonatas whose parts are anything but "accompaniments"; he also gave one of the finest performances of Elgar's Second Symphony that it's ever been my good fortune to hear.
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2018, 04:55:06 pm »

RIP
IMHO less talented than Svetlanov .However a prominent conductor and essential for XX Century russian repertoire.
Talented in different ways. Svetlanov was a fine pianist and recorded the Medtner violin and piano sonatas whose parts are anything but "accompaniments"; he also gave one of the finest performances of Elgar's Second Symphony that it's ever been my good fortune to hear.
Dear Ahinton
Also Rozhdestvensky was a pianist.IMHO  Ministry of Culture Orchestra was not at height of State Symphony and Rozhdestvensky was more oriented towards modernists composers.However i don't  want deny his skills
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2018, 06:47:43 pm »

Yes, exactly, Svetlanov and Rozhdestvensky were interested in different stuff at least in parts. For sure, Rozhdestvensky's merits with respect to 20th century composers are enormous (and here, he actually did a lot more than Svetlanov), and his repertoire was truly vast. A great conductor has left us, a real loss.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2018, 09:51:22 pm »

Sad indeed,

He was most of all, IMHO, a very fine conductor, who was able to bring is the essence of many compositions. Almost oppostie to Swetlanov.
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