Kirill Kondrashin: His Life in Music by Gregor Tassie

By Gregor Tassie

Kirill Kondrashin is considered the most exceptional Russian conductors of the twentieth century and a very good interpreter of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler. In Kirill Kondrashin: His lifestyles in Music, Gregor Tassie provides a whole biography of the artist, from his humble history and early carrying out event at age 17, via his twenty years in Leningrad and on the Bolshoi Theatre; from his breaking with the Bolshoi and the increased symphonic occupation that undefined, via his defection in 1978, and his unforeseen dying of a middle assault in 1981.

Using first hand debts and formerly unavailable archive fabrics from the Soviet get together and KGB assets, Tassie presents an in depth view of Kondrashin's existence and paintings, together with his appointment because the first Russian conductor to go to the USA and meet President Eisenhower and his institutions with such artists as Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Van Cliburn, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The e-book additionally provides perception and knowledge at the nature of the society during which Kondrashin lived, together with political lifestyles within the Soviet Union from the Twenties until eventually the Nineteen Seventies and kinfolk among East and West. Twenty images are integrated, in addition to an entire discography, bibliography, and index, making this a desirable source for an individual attracted to twentieth century song, in addition to lifestyles within the USSR

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At one juncture, the piece performed was Rimsky-Korsakov’s overture to The Legend of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia, set for three hours. However, Kondrashin also had a matinee at the children’s theater, which meant he would have to leave early, and asked his colleague to take over at the necessary moment. When the time came for the large drum to be struck—Golovanov looked up and cried: “Again a new face! ) When the full concert came round—at the great culminating point—Golovanov was over the moon at how Kondrashin hit the drum with such force, so much so that he played the prelude as an encore, and Kondrashin resolved that he would play his part more effectively.

K. P. Kondrashin, Kirill Kondrashin rasskazyvaet, 21. 44. V. Razhnikov, Kirill Kondrashin rasskazyvaet, 21. 2 Universities: Khaikin and Meyerhold 1928–1936 I want to rush out to the people, Into the crowd and the mania of morning. I could smash it all to smithereens, Bring the world to its knees. Pasternak “Nightglow” 1948 In September 1931, Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin entered the conducting class of Boris Emmanuilovich Khaikin. Kondrashin’s new mentor was one of the most promising musical figures in the Soviet Union.

The theatre dreams of going to the Paris Exposition under the title—Order of Lenin Theatre. It seems to me that these are worthy sentiments and good dreams . . How anyone can survive on this salary, I can’t imagine. 60 38 Chapter 2 Stalin, in a note to Molotov, advised an increase in salaries to 600 rubles and the award of the Order of Lenin. Among the official attacks on the Kamerny Theatre, many colleagues in the theatrical world were more than happy to add their own criticisms: Stanislavsky: the Bolsheviks are brilliant.

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