Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite; Swan Lake Suite / Simonov

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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Yuri Simonov studied at the Leningrad Conservatoire with Rabinovich, and assisted Mravinksy at the Leningrad Conservatoire conducting The Mermaid by Dargomizhsky. Following first prize in the 1968 Saint Cecilia Conductors Competition in Rome, he was invited to make his debut at the Bolshoi Opera (Aida) in 1969 and was almost immediately appointed Chief Conductor - the youngest and longest serving in history. In recent years, Simonov has appeared with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Warsaw National Philharmonic. In 2004 - 05 he made his debuts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and led the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra on tours to the US, Japan, and the Czech Republic. He has toured Spain, the UK, and Korea and conducted a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Hungarian Opera House, Budapest. In 2006 - 07 he led the Moscow Philharmonic on tours to Japan and Germany, and conducted a five-performance-cycle of Queen of Spades with the Budapest Opera.

Tchaikovsky's popular Christmas ballet, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Simonov. Tchaikovsky was a brilliant and resourceful orchestrator, and probably the greatest writer of ballet music the world has ever known. He wrote the music for The Nutcracker during 1891 - 92 to a scenario by Marius Petipa. The ballet was first performed in December 1892 at the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. Tchaikovsky's first full-length ballet, Swan Lake, which he worked on in 1875 - 76 following a scenario by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltzer, was first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow in March 1877.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
  • Conductor: Yuri Simonov
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a
  • Conductor: Yuri Simonov
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876