The Nutcracker, out now on Apple Music October 07 2016
From the very same hall in which it premiered, Valery Gergiev reveals his latest interpretation of Tchaikovsky's ballet masterpiece. Available now, only on Apple Music and iTunes.
Tchaikovsky was a pioneer, his music a new style that combined developments of the Western European musical tradition while remaining distinctively Russian. From an early age he relished stage works involving magic or fantasy such as Weber’s Der Freischütz and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and after seeing Adolphe Adam’s Giselle he became a ballet devotee. His magical score, which includes The Dance of The Sugar-plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers, is loved the world over, with thousands of performances taking place each year.
Closing this album is Tchaikovsky’s powerfully emotional Fourth Symphony. As the composer wrote, it is ‘patterned after Beethoven’s Fifth’ and it’s well known for the theme of ‘fate’, announced by the ominous recurring fanfare that holds the unique symphonic form together. Tempering the sweetness of The Nutcracker, this coupling displays two very different sides of Tchaikovsky’s music, showing a complex man who battled to balance inner turmoil as well as utmost joys. Reflected, perhaps, by the final line of his famous programme note:
‘Reproach yourself and do not say that all the world is sad. Simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in other’s rejoicing. To live is still bearable.’
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ICMA 2016 Nominations November 20 2015
Two of our Mariinsky Label releases, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1, Stravinsky Capriccio & Shchedrin Piano Concerto No 2 with Denis Matsuev, and Prokofiev Cinderella with Diana Vishneva & Vladimir Shklyarov, have been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards ICMA 2016. The winners will be announced on the 20th January. Find out more here www.icma-info.com
Mariinsky Label on iTunes February 27 2015
Entering into its 6th year the Mariinsky label, headed by internationally renowned conductor, Valery Gergiev, now make their catalogue available to download from iTunes, ensuring that the Mariinsky label can now reach fans of the Mariinsky all over the world. Including the celebrated Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 with Denis Matsuev, the highly acclaimed Shostakovich Symphonies cycle including Shostakovich Symphonies 4, 5 & 6, and Wagner’s Rhinegold & Die Walkure, the Mariinsky label catalogue is available to download from iTunes with stunning front covers, track details and digital booklets.
Please visit iTunes.com/Мariinsky
Отмечающий в этом году своё шестилетие, лейбл Мариинского театра под руководством всемирно известного дирижёра Валерия Гергиева разместил каталог своих записей в российском магазине цифровой музыки iTunes, таким образом став ещё ближе ко всем российским поклонникам Мариинского театра. Аудиозаписи каталога, среди которых есть такие шедевры мировой классики как фортепианные концерты Чайковского, симфонии Шостаковича, оперы Вагнера «Золото Рейна» и «Валькирия», теперь доступны для покупки в российском магазине iTunes и содержат обложки, имена треков и буклеты на русском языке. iTunes.com/Мариинский
2015 USA Tour December 29 2014
The momentous, two week Mariinsky Theatre residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music opens on January 14th 2015 with a contemporary opera rarity, The Enchanted Wanderer, bringing Rodion Shchedrin’s mystic opera to New York in its first full staging at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Then, from the 15th - 25th January, the historic Mariinsky Ballet, responsible for producing some of the dance world’s most influential artists, makes a rare appearance at BAM, performing repertoire of full length classics and contemporary ballets. Representing three centuries of Russian ballet the residency opens with two full-length works - the Tchaikovsky classic Swan Lake, choreographed by Petipa and Ivanov, revised by Sergeyev, and Prokofiev’s Cinderella from contemporary ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The company will also present Chopin: Dances for Piano, a repertory program featuring Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night, and Benjamin Millepied’s Without.
Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra on January 15, 17, 18, and 20
For tickets for The Enchanted Wanderer performance on the 14th January 2015 please click here
For tickets for the Tchaikovsky Swan Lake performances, 15th & 16th January, 21st – 23rd January, please click here
For tickets for the Prokofiev Cinderella performances, 17th & 18th January, please click here
For tickets for the Chopin Dances for Piano performances, 24th & 25th January, please click here
The Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev give two performances of Russian orchestral masterpieces at the Hill Auditorium. The 24th January programme features 24-year-old pianist Behzod Abduraimov, the grand prize winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition, in a performance of Prokofiev’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 3. The Mariinsky Orchestra will also be performing Shostakovich Symphony No 4 in C minor.
At the age of 18, pianist Behzod Abduraimov won first prize in the 2009 London International Piano Competition, wowing judges with his youthful virtuosity.
The performance on the 25th January will start with Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No 1 ‘Naughty Little Limericks’. The concert will then feature pianist Denis Matsuev in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, originally written for piano but performed by the orchestra in an arrangement by Maurice Ravel.
Laureate of prestigious Shostakovich Prize in Music and State Prize of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts, Denis Matsuev has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage since his victory at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998. He is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, having appeared in hundreds of recitals at the most prestigious and legendary concert halls throughout the world. His Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 release, on the Mariinsky label, was awarded Recording of the Month by Gramophone magazine, and can be bought here.
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will also receive the 2015 UMS Distinguished Artist Award at this Ford Honors Program concert; a gala dinner after the concert raises funds to support
UMS education programs.
This performance marks the Mariinsky’s 12th UMS appearance. The orchestra last performed at Hill Auditorium in 2012.
27th January – 1st February, Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C., USA
The Mariinsky ballet will be performing at the Kennedy Centre, conducted by Valery Gergiev, a repertoire of Stravinsky Rite of Spring, Weber Le Spectre de la Rose, Saint-Saëns The Swan and Minkus
Paquita Grand Pas.
On 27th January Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in music by two 20th century giants who lived in the shadow Stalin’s terror. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, performed here by celebrated pianist Behzod Abduraimov, is one of his most popular works – an energetic masterpiece laced with biting wit, romantic interludes, and a fiery solo part. Shostakovich’s admiration of Mahler is evident in his massive Symphony No. 4, particularly so in the huge emotional arc of its closing movement. Political circumstances forced Shostakovich to cancel its 1936 premiere and the music was not heard until 1961 – long after Stalin’s death.
On 28th January a powerful wartime symphony is the centerpiece of this program of Russian music from the imperial and Soviet eras. Prokofiev wrote his Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 1944 when Soviet victory was imminent and called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit.” While not as well-known as his first, Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto, performed here by the internationally acclaimed Denis Matsuev, has much of the same singing lyricism and virtuosity as its popular predecessor. Dazzlingly orchestrated and bubbling with wit, Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, 'Naughty Limericks,' is a boisterous curtain raiser.
For tickets for the 27th January concert please click here
For tickets for the 28th January concert please click here
Conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn and the venerable Mariinsky Orchestra bring to Troy the best of Russia: Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet (Overture-Fantasy), Prokofiev Suite No 3 from Romeo and Juliet, and Rachmaninov Symphony No 1 in D minor. The historic Troy Music Hall is famous for its excellent acoustics and this concert is part of the 118th season of Troy Chromatic Concerts.
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Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra Celebrate Mayo Performing Arts Center’s 20th Anniversary.
In the winter of 1994, conductor Valery Gergiev and his friend Alexander Slobodanynik entered the boarded-up, run-down Community Theatre. Gergiev stepped onto the dilapidated stage, snapped his fingers, listened to the acoustics and proclaimed, “The Kirov with play here!” On September 29, 1994, after a massive clean-up effort by hundreds of volunteers, Gergiev and the Kirov opened the newly created Community Theatre performance hall. It was a night to remember.
Now, in honour of our 20th anniversary, Valery Gergiev returns with the Mariinsky Orchestra (the former Kirov orchestra) to celebrate their 20-year success as a performing arts venue. This concert will feature another memorable performance by the Mariinsky that will rival that magical night 20 years ago.
To join Mayo for this very special evening 20 years in the making, where they will perform Shchedrin Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 ‘Naughty Little Limericks’, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2 performed by Denis Matsuev, and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, please click here.
The Mariinsky Orchestra and dazzling conductor Valery Gergiev return to Memorial Hall for the fourth time with two passionately Russian concerts. On the 31st January the orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 with Behzod Abduraimov on piano, & Shostakovich Symphony No 8. On the 1st February the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 with Denis Matsuev on piano, & Prokofiev Symphony No 5. This is the second appearance in Memorial Hall for pianist Denis Matsuev.
For tickets for the 31st January concert please click here
For tickets for the 1st February concert please click here
Son of the Nobel Prize-winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, one of today’s most gifted artists, conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in the Peabody Auditorium. They perform Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Suite No 3, and Rachmaninov Symphony No 1.
For tickets for the 3rd February concert please click here
Director Valery Gergiev leads music by two 20th century giants, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Young Uzbekistani piano sensation Behozod Abduraimov will make his Kravis Centre debut in this performance.
The Mariinsky performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 & Shostakovich Symphony No 8. For your tickets please click here
The Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev and joined by Denis Matsuev, perform Shchedrin Naughty Little Limericks, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 and Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 at Artis-Naples.
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The Wall Street Journal calls the Mariinsky Orchestra “Spectacular!” The San Francisco Examiner raves that Music Director Valery Gergiev is “extraordinary!”
Led by Maestro Gergiev, the Mariinisky Orchestra performs Friday, February 6 at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The program includes Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number Two with pianist Denis Matsuev in the acoustically-suburb Knight Concert Hall.
For tickets for this performance please click here
To buy your copy of Shchedrin's The Enchanted Wanderer, which includes Concerto for Orchestra No 1, 'Naughty Little Limericks', please click here
To buy your copy of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 and Symphony No 5 on the Mariinsky label please click here
To buy your copy of Shostakovich Symphony No 4 on the Mariinsky label please click here
To buy your copy of Shostakovich Symphony No 8 on the Mariinsky label please click here
To buy your copy of Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 with Denis Matsuev on the Mariinsky label please click here
To download your copy of the Mariinsky label’s brand new release, Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition, from iTunes please click here
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International Tours, 2014 October 28 2014
9th December, Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli, Turin
The Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, arrive in Turin on 9th December to begin a string of performances in Italy.
The concert features works by two Great Russian composers: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6, the Pathétique, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
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10th, 11th, 12th December, Santa Cecilia Hall, Rome
Following Turin, The Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev will arrive in Rome for three concerts of works by Prokofiev at the Santa Cecilia Hall
The first concert, on 10th December, features three of Prokofiev’s symphonies: No 1, No 4 and No 5.
On 11th December, The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Symphony No 2 and Symphony No 7, as well as his Violin Concerto No 2, played by the renowned Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos.
The final concert, on 12th December, features Prokofiev’s Symphony No 3 and Symphony No 6.
To buy tickets for the 10th December concert please click here.
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UK tour, November 2014 October 14 2014
2nd November 2014, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
For this performance please buy tickets here.
3rd, 4th November 2014, Barbican Centre, London
5th, 6th, 8th, 9th November 2014, Birmingham Hippodrome
The Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra, with Valery Gergiev, then travel to Birmingham for performances of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle in Birmingham Hippodrome.
The Ring is a tale of gods and heroes, dwarves and giants – yet its characters are driven by passions that are all too human. The theft of magical gold from the depths of the River Rhine and its forging into the Ring sets in train the story of a world corrupted by greed and the lust for power that may only be redeemed, finally, by an act of selfless love.
To convey this epic tale, Wagner composed music of overwhelming power and beauty. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that almost every film score ever written owes something to Wagner’s approach to The Ring. From the mysterious opening that sets the waters of the Rhine and the story in motion, to the thunderous Ride of the Valkyries, to love music that can be inexpressibly tender or shockingly erotic, to the thrilling climax of the whole cycle, when one world ends and another begins – this is the journey of a lifetime.
“This promises to be one of the hottest opera tickets… so book as soon as you can”
"The stage was filled with genuinely intriguing imagery, evocative of ancient Russian folk and fine arts, and some strangely surreal touches befitting Wagner's mythological epic."
New York Times, 2007
On the 8th November, at 4pm, Valery Gergiev will be signing CDs before the performance of Siegfried at Birmingham Hippodrome.
For tickets for Das Rheingold on the 5th November please book here.
For tickets for Die Walküre on the 6th November please book here.
For tickets for Siegfried on the 8th November please book here.
For tickets for Götterdämmerung on the 9th November please book here.
7th, 8th November, Town Hall, Birmingham
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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet September 04 2014
Leonid Lavrovsky’s celebrated production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, is released for the first time in HD, and in a Double Play, Blu-ray and DVD package. Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2013, it stars Mariinsky dancers Diana Vishneva as Juliet, Vladimir Shklyarov as Romeo, Alexander Sergeyev as Mercutio, Islom Baimurado as Benvolio, Ilya Kuznetsov as Tybalt and is conducted by Valery Gergiev.
The Mariinsky ballet has just completed a summer residency at Covent Garden. This same cast opened the season with Romeo and Juliet and received much acclaim throughout the UK press.
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5 Years of the Mariinsky Label September 04 2014
To mark our 5th anniversary, we have compiled a special playlist celebrating the Mariinsky Label's continued success.
Featuring 11 tracks and spanning the breadth of the label's output, it is available now to download via iTunes.
Video: The making of a Concerto February 18 2014
Pianists to watch in 2014 January 28 2014
ICMA 2014 winner! January 20 2014
The Mariinsky label recording of The Gambler has won an International Classical Music Award for DVD Performance.
The production, filmed in 2010 at the historic Mariinsky Theatre, features a fantastic cast of Russian soloists including Sergei Aleksashkin (The General) and Vladimir Galuzin (Alexei).
View the video trailer for the release here.