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Moscow Symphony Orchestra

Moscow Symphony Orchestra

The Moscow Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1989 at the Stas Namin Centre. With Stas Namin as a producer and Konstantin Krimets as a conductor, this new orchestra was made up of over 80 first-class musicians, graduates of the Moscow, St.-Petersburg and Kiev conservatories among them. Many musicians have received invaluable experience working with Eugeny Svetlanov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Eugeny Mravinsky. No other orchestra has as many winners of Russian National and International music competitions.



Throughout its career the Moscow Symphony Orchestra has performed in the most prestigious halls both in Moscow and abroad. It has participated in national and international festivals (Moscow - 1990, 1991; Belgrade - 1993; Finland, Spain - 1993; Sochi, 'Kinotavr' festival - 1997, 98, 99; Hong Kong, Taiwan, China - 1997, 98), given triumphant performances at the musical festivals 'Moscow autumn - 12' and 'Our Heritage, and toured Finland, Spain, Great Britain, Malta, China and other countries with great success.


During the years 1995 and 1996, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra worked with the famous Austrian composer Roland Baumgartner. Some of their works include the 'Globalis' symphony which was recorded and performed at the opening of Broukner Festival in Lince, Austria, in 1996 and 'Messa Passis', devoted to the 2000th Anniversary of Christianity.

In 2001 Maestro Ogan Durjan'narc was invited to take up the role of head conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, a role which he immediately embraced. Soon after, a series of 4 concerts by composers Berlioz, Brahms, Ravel, and Debussy was prepared and successfully performed at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in February and March, 2002.

The Moscow Symphony Orchestra held a series of charity concerts to commemorate the victims of international terrorism the most remarkable of which included those at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory on September 8, 2002 and at the International Performing Arts Center on September 12, 2005.

The Moscow Symphony Orchestra is known throughout the world for making recordings of the highest quality. Many modern composers - Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Eshpai, Rosenblat, Pavlova - have requested the Orchestra to debut their music.

Between the years 1997 and 1999, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra recorded more than 80 albums including the soundtracks for films, cartoons, and computer games made in Japan, USA, China, Austria, and England. Together with the British company 'Cromwell Production', the Orchestra created a soundtrack for 'Music Maestro', a 12-part series of TV movies which features music by Bach, Hendel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Grieg, and Dvorak. In co-operation with the Japanese company 'Toi Music Production', the Moscow Symphony Orchestra recorded ‘Four Seasons' by Tchaikovsky and 'Russian Waltzes' by Glinka, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky and Dunaevsky.

In 2000 the Orchestra recorded Al Di Miola and 'The Anthologies of Russian Ballets' including complete ballet scores by Russian composers. In 2005, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra recorded the soundtrack for the South Korean feature film 'Shadowless Sword' by Kim Young-jun and in 2006 the Orchestra recorded the soundtrack for the American feature film 'A Night with the King' by Michael O. Sajbel.

The idea to present the orchestra in a non-traditional light first came from producer Stas Namin in 1990. He decided to present the Orchestra in concert as a rock production by making use of a powerful PA system, lights, pyrotechnics and other visual effects. A new repertoire was arranged for the Moscow Symphony Rocks (MSR), the new name for such an unusual symphony show. Along with the classical hits (like the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturyan and Pomp and Circumstance March by Edward Elgar) it includes symphony variations of Purple Haze by Jimmy Hendrix, Paint it Black by Rolling Stones, famous hits from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Doors as well as other rock legends.

The first performances of the Moscow Symphony Rocks were organized in 1990. This was followed by the 1991 tour around Great Britain with 'Electric Light Orchestra - Part II', which started at Wembley Arena, London. The video recording of this tour hit the British top rock charts.

Since 1991 The Moscow Symphony Orchestra has concentrated mostly on developing its work along classical lines. It started touring the world as Moscow Symphony Rocks again in June 2006 in Haidian Park, Beijing, performing for an audience of 30,000. Following this, Moscow Symphony Rocks was performed for an audience 50,000 strong at the City Hall Plaza in Seoul in September, 2006.

The Moscow Symphony Rocks recorded its first album at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory in September 2006.

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4½ Stars
'...very good recording of excellent performances, and with the complete and excellent 24-page booklet included, this is recommended with enthusiasm.'
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