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Peter I. Tschaikowsky

"I consider you the greatest musical talent in present-day Russia", Russian music critic Hermann Laroche is said to have told Peter I. Tschaikowsky (born on April 25th 1840 in Votkinsk). And indeed, with his emotion-laden, voluptuous music, the...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23

Calling it worthless, unplayable, trivial and vulgar, pianist Nikolai Rubinstein rejected Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky´s First Piano Concerto. Composing it in 1874 had been a harrowing task for Tchaikovsky. Rubinstein demanded a total revision, which...

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Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

Russian composer Dmitrij Schostakowitsch, born on September 25th 1906 in St. Petersburg, was in a difficult artistic position. He was severely restricted in his artistic freedom by the severe strictures of the Soviet Union's cultural ideologues and...  more

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47

After Shostakovitch had been accused of "sinister degeneracy” and "petit-bourgeois formalism” by the leading Soviet newspaper Pravda in response to his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, he decided to give into the culture-political dictatorship of the...

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Valery Gergiev, Conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

Behzod Abduraimov’s performances combine an immense depth of musicality with phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy. He works with leading orchestras worldwide including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony...  more