|Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 No.5 & No.6|
State Symphony Capella Russia / Valery Polyansky(Cone.)
■CD: NF28801/2 (2CD)
Recording: 18 July 2015, Tokyo
Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall
State Symphony Capella of Russia
State Symphony Capella of Russia was preceded by Soviet Radio Opera Symphony Orchestra established in 1957 by Samuil Samosud, the great master of the Soviet Union. Since 1971 Maxim Shostakovich worked as the artistic director until he nally ed to the United States in 1981, and he introduced a large number of compositions of his father, Dimitry. Later the orchestra appointed Gennadi Rozhdestvensky as the artistic director and changed its name to Soviet National Culture Ministry Symphony Orchestra. In 1991 it joined up with Soviet Union National Chamber Choir and was renamed as it is at present. On this occasion the prominent choir conductor Valery Polyansky was appointed to the artistic director, and he remarkably expanded the repertoire of the orchestra by performing such great works as Verdi ‹Requiem›, Dovorak ‹Te Deum› and Rachmaninoff ‹The Bells›. Consequently the orchestra has won the fame as ‹the most excellent symphony orchestra in Russia› and has been regularly invited for the concerts in the ex-Soviet Union territories as well as the western countries including the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
Since the era of Soviet National Culture Ministry Symphony Orchestra, they have made the numerous recordings such as Tchaikovsky ‹Integral Symphonies› (Chandos) and Shostakovich ‹Symphonies› conducted by Rozhdestvensky and a large number of symphonies and orchestral works conducted by Polyansky have been released including symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Glazunov ‹Integral Symphonies› and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic poem ‹The Bells›.
Valery Polyansky, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Born in Moscow in 1949. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Boris Kulikov, the authority of choir music, and started to work as a choir conductor while he was still a student. In 1975 he participated in the Guido d’Arezzo International Choir Competition with Russian State Chamber Choir founded by himself and won the rst prize for the rst time as a Russian chorus group, and also was awarded the special prize and the best conductor prize. Since then he was honored with such a nickname as “Karajan of choir” or “Red Karajan”. Besides working for the Moscow Operetta Theater, he studied the orchestral conducting under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and became to participate in a large number of opera productions at the Bolshoi Theater and others. In 1992 upon the request of Rozhdestvensky, Polyansky took the post of artistic director of State Symphony Capella of Russia just renamed from Soviet National Culture Ministry Symphony Orchestra. At the new post he has received a great success in the worldwide tours. Because of the unique and diverse sounds with multiple pianissimos, he is known as a genius conductor representing Russia. In 1996 he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Russian Federation. Since 2002 he has been a chief conductor of the Göteborg Music Festival. He is as well a professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the president of Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition.