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Classic Archive 089 - Yevgeny Mravinsky

Sviatoslav Richter piano | Emil Gilels piano
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Evgueni Mravinsky

This Classic Archive episode pays tribute to three of the most illustrious Soviet artists who were legends in their own time: conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and pianists Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. Mravinsky dedicated his whole life to the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and, naturally, it is with this orchestra that we see him at the end of his life, aristocratic and austere, conducting two of his favourite works, the overture of Oberon by Weber and that of Francesca da Rimini by Tchaikovsky. Another Soviet film: Mendelssohn’s Serious Variations by a larger-than-life Sviatoslav Richter showing as much power and sensitivity in 1966. No less impressive is Emil Gilels’s unbridled performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s 3rd Sonata in 1959 in London.

Repertoire

Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon - Overture; Piotr Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini - Overture; Felix Mendelssohn: Serious Variations, Op. 54; Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Facts

Prog. No.
7488
Music genre
Classic Archive
Length
53 mins
Director
Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Producers
Idéale Audience
Production year
2005
Format
SD