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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

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77

Both of Shostakovitch´s violin concertos are dedicated to the Russian master violinist David Oistrakh, who was a good friend of the composer and advised him, the pianist, on the creation of both solo parts. While Shostakovitch was able to compose his...


Anton Bruckner

Opinions once varied on the music of Anton Bruckner (born on September 4, 1824 in Ansfelden, near Linz), who ranks amongst the great symphonists after Beethoven. While one faction regarded him as a destroyer of traditions, the other side ecstatically...  more

Symphony No. 4 E-flat major "Romantic"

“Romantic” was the name Anton Bruckner himself gave to his Fourth Symphony, supplying it with a fitting, associative comment, which he communicated to his friend and first biographer August Göllrich: “Mediæval city – dawn – the sound of the town...


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

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

Leonidas Kavakos is recognised across the world as a violinist and artist of rare quality, acclaimed for his matchless technique, his captivating artistry and his superb musicianship as well as for the integrity of his playing. He works with the...  more