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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel, born on March 7th 1875 in Ciboure, Basses-Pyrénées, is one of the 20th century composers who worked less as destroyers than as renewers of traditional forms and techniques. His great role model was Mozart, but he likewise had great...  more

"Le tombeau de Couperin" ("Couperin´s Tomb") Suite d´orchestre (1919)

During the First World War, Maurice Ravel wrote a 6-part piano suite, conceived as a recollection of the sylistic ideals in the "grand siècle" of French classical music. The work was intended less as an homage to François Couperin, known as "le...


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

"Variations on a Rococo Theme" for Violoncello and Orchestra, Opus 33


Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow

"Sheherazade", Opus 35


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

Andrei Ioniță, cello

Cellist Andrei Ioniţă, born in 1994 in Bucharest, began taking piano lessons at the age of five and received his first cello lesson three years later. He studied under Ani-Marie Paladi at the Music School “Iosif Sava“ in Bucharest and is currently...  more