Evgeny Svetlanov (1928 – 2002)

January 19, 2010 at 2:12 am (Music, Russophilia)

This is a tribute to one of Russia’s greatest conductors.

Here is Evgeny Svetlanov conducting the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony. Because it features Ukrainian folk tunes, this work bears the sobriquet “Little Russian.”  (This is – was? – the Russian nickname for the Ukraine.)  The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, formerly the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, is closely associated with Svetlanov.  He was its conductor from 1965 to 2000, a remarkably long and fruitful tenure.

What a joy it is to see the assurance with which Maestro Svetlanov leads this superb ensemble!

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