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 Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

The composition of the Cello Concerto No. 1 came about during the “thaw” period, in which Shostakovich’s standing and position in Russian music had been re-established. He had been inspired to this composition, on the one hand, by his friend, the...

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Intermission

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

"Manfred" Symphony in B minor, Opus 58

Tchaikovsky, whom the very darkest night of human existence inspired to music, suffered lifelong from the conflict of the incompatibility of his own artistic nature with the ignorance, intolerance and spiritual frigidity all around him. He must have...

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Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Born in St. Petersburg in 1952, Bychkov studied at the Glinka Choir School and later at the Leningrad Conservatory as a pupil of the legendary Ilya Musin. Aged 20, he won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition but was denied the prize of conducting...  more

Gautier Capuçon, cello

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the ‘Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle’ at the Fondation...  more