Tchaikovsky Coronation March, Capriccio Italien, Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet, Slavonic Mar (2016)

Tchaikovsky

Russian National Orchestra

Mikhail Pletnev

Often enough, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) has been accused of striving only for superficial effects in his works, of always giving himself free rein; and in his ceremonial Coronation March in D, this is frankly the case. Tchaikovsky composed this five-minute march in 1883, for the coronation of Tsar Alexander III, who had indeed commissioned the work. It was first performed on May 23, 1883 in Moscow, under the direction of Sergei Taneyev. Symbolically and with great reverence, Tchaikovsky quotes the national anthem of the Russian empire several times. In fact, not only does he quote this anthem, but also the Danish national anthem – thereby referring to the native country of the Empress, Princess Dagmar of Denmark.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Mikhail Pletnev

After his studies at the Central Special Music School, Mikhail Pletnev entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1974, where he studied with Jakob Flier and Lev Vlasenko. Aged only 21, Pletnev was the Gold Medal and First Prize winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. He has since appeared as soloist with the major orchestras under conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Kurt Sanderling.

In 1990, following the collapse of the Soviet system, Mikhail Pletnev was able to realize his dream of forming the Russian National Orchestra. Under his artistic leadership, the RNO has become known as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Although his conducting career is primarily focused on the RNO, he also makes appearances as a guest-conductor with such prestigious orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Sinfonieorchester and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In September 1999, Pletnev was appointed the RNO’s Conductor Laureate and his collaboration with the orchestra has continued in many of its recordings and concerts. In February 2003, he conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Berliner Konzerthaus for the official opening of the Russian Year of Culture. 

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Tchaikovsky Coronation March, Capriccio Italien, Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet, Slavonic Mar (2016)

Tchaikovsky

Russian National Orchestra

Producer:Job Maarse
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Recording location:DZZ studio 5 Moscow
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Coronation March
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Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
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Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
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Romeo and Juliet
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Marche Slave, Op. 31
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