State Symphony Radio and Television Orchestra
idea of creating the State Symphony Radio and Television Orchestra came in 1978
as an outgrowth of the need for the symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and
20th centuries to be broadcast throughout Russia for the benefit of its citizens.
It was decided the Orchestra should broadcast performances on a weekly basis,
a concept based upon the BBC Symphony Orchestras very successful radio series
in the United Kingdom.
The Orchestra expanded
its activities into film work for Russian, European and American feature film
productions as well as Russian television soundtracks. It has also done collaborative
work with European television, including projects with the Italian RAI and German
In 1980 the Orchestra created a major
subscription series in Moscows Tchaikovsky Hall. This subscription series
of 36 weeks has continued successfully since its inaugural season. In addition,
the Orchestra has toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia with concerts
in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Korea, China and Hong-Kong. The Orchestra
has just returned from an American tour that was organized by Columbia Artists
Inc. and turned out to be a real success.
Orchestras first music director was Alexander Mikhailov, a student of Evgheny
Mravinsky, founder and first music director of the Leningrad Philharmonic. Maestro
Mikhailov studied and graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory, and
headed the Orchestra till 1996. Then Igor Golovchin, Honored Artist of Russia,
assumed the music directorship of the Orchestra. Golovchin was a pupil of Kiril
Kondrashin and worked extensively with the Bolshoi Symphony and the Russian State
Symphony in addition to many guest conducting assignments in Berlin, Vienna, Paris,
Rome and London.
From 1998 until July 2001
the Orchestra followed the European music tradition and did not have the permanent
Chief Conductor. For projects it invited prominent Maestros from this country
and abroad who contributed greatly to the mastery of the musicians. In July 2001
the Orchestra invited merited artist of Russia Pavel Sorokin to head the Orchestra
and become its Principal Conductor..
to the Orchestras extensive television, radio and film commitments, the
Orchestra has performed at the invitation of President Boris Yelsin at the Kremlin
Palace with the Moscow Classical Ballet in the performances of Nutcracker, Giselle,
Don Quixote, Cinderella and The Firebird. The Orchestra works frequently with
prominent opera singers from the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as singers from other
countries. An outstanding concert on the Red Square in 1998 with Montserrat Caballet
should be mentioned.
Under the stewardship
of the Orchestras general director Anatoly Nemudrov, the Orchestra has enjoyed
a demanding and rewarding international concert and recording schedule. The Orchestra
has performed both with the Chorus and in orchestral concerts in most of the world
capitals including Munich, Stutgart, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Florence,
Seoul, Peking, Shanghai, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, New York and others.
The Orchestra has also developed a comprehensive and extensive educational program
to develop greater musical understanding among young audiences in Russia by exposing
them to the symphonic and choral repertoire.
present the State Radio and Television Orchestra is one of the best Moscow orchestras.
Its activities are highly diversified. The Orchestra gives subscription concerts
of Young Stars of Russia at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, concerts
which are broadcast by various radio and television networks. The Orchestra regularly
records CDs in cooperation with foreign firms. The Orchestra recently added a
series of Music Has No Borders concerts with participation of foreign
musicians and conductors at the Moscow House of Radio. A series of concerts titled
The Young People Parties is planned to be integrated in a regular
TV show of the Kultura TV channel.
press lavished praise on the Orchestra after its American tour:
Kalamazoo Gazette said, The Moscow State Radio and Television Orchestra
has a wonderful string sound that is dominated by the large violin section. The
purity and control of their sound made the simple Mascagni Intermezzo a sublime
Star Journal said, Just to have been able to hear the Moscow State Radio
and Television Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform the Verdi Requiem is a miracle
The Asheville Citizen
Times said, The Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
and the Chorus offered some of the best music heard all evening. The players were
all consummate technicians who made the most difficult pieces seem easy.
The Independent said, What these
musicians added to this challenging score was breath in the sub-phrases that made
every little moment alive
The Muscovites gave us a concert to remember.
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