Vladimir Spivakov conducts J S Bach | Melodiya MELCD1002301

Vladimir Spivakov conducts J S Bach

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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002301

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 5th January 2015

Contents

Artists

Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Araxia Davtian (soprano)
Bernard Soustrot (trumpet)
Alexei Utkin (oboe)
Moscow Virtuosi

Conductor

Vladimir Spivakov

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Brandenburg Concerto no.3 in G major, BVW1048
Cantata BWV51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'
Easter Oratorio, BWV249
» Sinfonia 'Adagio'
Keyboard Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV1052
Orchestral Suite no.3 in D major, BWV1068

Artists

Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Araxia Davtian (soprano)
Bernard Soustrot (trumpet)
Alexei Utkin (oboe)
Moscow Virtuosi

Conductor

Vladimir Spivakov

About

For the anniversary of maestro Vladimir Spivakov, Firma Melodiya presents a unique, previously unreleased recording of the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra made on 28 December 1988 in the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

From the first years of their existence, the Moscow Virtuosi, founded by Vladimir Spivakov, lived up to the highest standards of mastery on both domestic and global scales. It was a genuine 'orchestra of soloists' comprising prize-winners of domestic and international competitions, concertmasters of the best orchestras of Moscow many of whom could count on a brilliant solo career.

Although the Virtuosi spent a lot of time in the studio, it is the orchestra’s concert recordings that convey the atmosphere of a living, inspired contact with the audience.

The charitable activities Vladimir Spivakov has been involved in for many years now are evidence of his great human responsiveness, his desire to support talented children and his empathy for people’s suffering. The pre-New Year concert of 1988 was a fundraising event to benefit the Armenian children who suffered in the earthquake.

The concert, comprising music of Johann Sebastian Bach, featured other prominent musicians as well – Mikhail Pletnev, Araxia Davtian, an Honoured Artist of the Armenian SSR, and Bernard Soustrot, a world renowned French trumpeter. However, Adagio from the Easter Oratorio for oboe and orchestra performed instead of an encore by Alexei Utkin, an oboist and future founder of the Hermitage Ensemble, was a genuine climax of the event. The music reflecting upon passions of Christ’s earthly life sounded like a requiem for the tens of thousands of people who were buried alive in Spitak and Leninakan.

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