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Mariinsky Orchestra – Valery Gergiev
Megaron Mousikis |

The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest in Russia. Its history dates back to the first orchestra of the St Petersburg Imperial Orchestra, covering a period of over two hundred years.

In the distant past, the orchestra of the Board of Imperial Theatres emerged and developed its activities under two conductors. The first of them was composer Caterino Cavos (from 1803 Principal Conductor of the Russian Opera Theatre and, from 1832, Director of the Imperial Theatres´ Orchestras). As head of the ensemble, Cavos conducted not just premieres of his own numerous operas, but was musical director of productions of Mikhail Glinka´s opera A Life for the Tsar. Moreover, he was involved in the Russian premieres of operas by foreign composers – Cimarosa´s Horatii and Curiatii (1815), Weber´s Der Freischütz (1824), Bellini´s I Capuletti e i Montecchi and Rossini´s Semiramide (1835) and Le Compte Ory (1838) among others…

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra has played a role in countless Russian premieres as well as the first Russian performances of European operas and ballets including works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, operas by Mikhail Glinka, Аlexander Dargomyzhsky, Аlexander Serov, Anton Rubinstein, Modest Musorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Gioacchino Rossini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Daniel Auber, Giacomo Meyerbeer, ballets by Riccardo Drigo, Cesare Pugni, Boris Asafiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Vasily Soloviev-Sedoi and Andrei Petrov – the list is endless…

In 1978 the Mariinsky Theatre (then the Kirov) appointed Valery Gergiev Conductor, making him Artistic and General Director in 1996. With the maestro Gergiev´s arrival, the Orchestra´s repertoire expanded significantly. In addition to operas (first and foremost Der Ring des Nibelungen as well as all of Wagner´s other operas starting with Lohengrin performed in German, all of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich´s operas, the lion´s share of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky´s opera legacy, both of Musorgsky´s versions of Boris Godunov, operas by Richard Strauss, Leoš Janaček, Mozart, Puccini and Donizetti) the Orchestra´s repertoire has come to include symphonic works and other genres of philharmonic music. The Orchestra has performed every symphony by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Mahler and Beethoven, Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Tishchenko and works by Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, Kancheli and Koretnikov among many others. In 2008, according to results of a survey of leading music critics from major publications in America, Asia and Europe, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra was one of the top twenty orchestras in the world, beating two other Russian orchestras also listed in the ratings.

source: http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for violin, Op. 35, and Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.5

Soloist:
Leonidas Kavakos, violin

Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg
Conductor: Valery Gergiev

Ticket prices: € 11.00 (students) – 19.00 – 35.00 – 50.00 – 70.00
Advanced ticket sales begin on: Tuesday, November 16

CHRISTOS LAMBRAKIS HALL

08 & 09/12, 20:30

megaron mousikis

Vas. Sofias & Kokkali st.

nearest metro station: megaro mousikis

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