Russian Dances (2016)

Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Kazuki Yamada

 

In an ideal situation, football players perform their “dance” on a grass pitch – as once did the “white ballet” of Real Madrid, led by its soloists Puskás and Di Stéfano. But surely not on the ballet stage! Definitely not. However, not only was Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975) passionate about music, he was also a great football fan. More specifically, a fan of his hometown club Zenit St. Petersburg. The Russian language has a more intense description for the concept of the “fan” – one is considered “bolejet” (literally = ill) for one’s team: one shares the fever. And as a fan of Zenit, Shostakovich had his fair share of downright hard times: “Being a supporter is at times more frustrating than pleasurable.” He was often a guest at the stadium: even when Leningrad was under siege from the German army, he attended lower-league matches whenever possible. In 1929, Shostakovich composed his first, three-act ballet to a scenic design by film director Alexander Ivanovsky. Entitled The Golden Age, it portrays an away-game of a Soviet football team in an unnamed western city at the time of an industrial exhibition. During the away-game of the Soviet team, plenty of bizarre events take place in the ideologically “false” world, which allow for the inclusion of numerous dance interludes and parodies 

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

Kazuki Yamada

Yamada appears regularly with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE and Tonku?nstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. He is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and also holds the same title with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, starting in the 2014/2015 season. In Japan, he holds further titles of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Partner with Sendai Philharmonic and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student. Passionate about choral repertoire, he is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director. The chorus have released ten CDs with Yamada.

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Russian Dances (2016)

Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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"As I listened to the DSD64 recording Russian Dances performed by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Kazuki Yamada conducting, I experienced rich tonal colors with outstanding resolution of inner detail. The reproduction of the acoustic space and soundstage experience were first rate."

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Russian Dances (2016)

Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Scene - Moderato
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Valse
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Dases de cygnes
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Scene - Andante
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Danse hongroise
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Danse Espagnole
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Danse napolitaine
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Mazurka
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Concert Waltz no. 1 in d, Op. 47
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Concert Waltz no. 2 in F, Op. 51
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The golden Age Ballet Suite, Op. 22 - Introduction
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The golden Age Ballet Suite, Op. 22 - Adagio
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The golden Age Ballet Suite, Op. 22 - Polka
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The golden Age Ballet Suite, Op. 22 - Dance
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Circus Polka
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