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Out Now: Russian Classics Vol. 2 April 13 2018

At the start of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival Orchestra, the Mariinsky Label is proud to announce the latest instalment of a series celebrating the finest Russian Classical music.

Russian Classics looks at some of the most celebrated music from Russia's rich artistic history, such as Rachmaninov's beautiful Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the delicate Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker score and Mussorgsky's masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition. Out today, it's now available to listen to on Apple Music & Spotify to download from iTunes.

The Moscow Easter Festival is one of the highlights of the classical music calendar worldwide, and this year runs from 8th April to 8th May. Across the festival, Music Director Valery Gergiev conducts an incredible range of repertoire in major concert halls across Russia. Many of these performances will be broadcast online via Mariinsky.tv. Click here to find out more. 

In April, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will also visit China to perform a series of works by Modest Mussorgsky, an innovator of Russian music in the Romantic period. You can book tickets now via Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts website. Gergiev and the Mariinsky will spend the summer touring Europe and East Asia, for a list of full concert dates visit the Orchestra's website

Find the first instalment of this series on Apple Music & iTunes

To view the complete Mariinsky Label catalogue on Apple Music, click here

Seasonal deals at the Mariinsky Label December 12 2017

In the run up to Christmas, find exclusive deals in the Mariinsky Label sale. 

With savings to be had on the best of the Mariinsky's ballets and operas, there really is something for everyone. For a full list of what's on offer, visit the Mariinsky Label website.  


And while Santa gets to work on his sleigh, get into the festive spirit with Valery Gergiev's most recent recording of The Nutcracker on Apple Music: 


For UK delivery before Christmas, please order by Monday 18 December. For International delivery before Christmas, please order by Wednesday 13 December. We cannot guarantee that orders made after the 21st of December will be posted before the New Year.

Golden Cockerel Award Nominations December 07 2017

Valery Gergiev's recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, featuring star soloists Aida Garifullina, Vladimir Feliauer and Andrei Serov, has been nominated for two highly prestigious, international awards; the ICMA for DVD Performance and the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Winners of both awards will be announced in January, the ICMA January 18th and Grammy Award January 28th.

For more information about the two awards, visit: https://www.icma-info.com/ and https://www.grammy.com/

Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel is available on DVD/ Blu-ray here. Watch the trailer below. 

The Mariinsky Label – now on vinyl November 22 2017

Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed 2016 recording of The Nutcracker is now available on vinyl, joining the Mariinsky Label’s growing selection of high quality vinyl products.

Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed 2016 recording of The Nutcracker is now available on vinyl. This Christmas classic comes as a limited edition double LP set on festive red and green vinyl, just in time for the holidays. Housed in a gatefold sleeve with a voucher code for free MP3 and HD FLAC downloads, it joins the Mariinsky Label’s growing selection of high quality vinyl products.

Completing the label’s vinyl catalogue are new versions of past releases by Denis Matsuev and Daniil Trifonov.

Featuring an ‘electrifying’ recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos 1&3 exhibits Matsuev’s prowess for Russian repertoire. The pianist is renowned for his renditions of music by Russian composers, and was even invited by the Serge Rachmaninov Foundation to perform previously unheard works on the composer’s old piano on the Villa Senar estate in Lucerne. 

Since winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, Trifonov has established himself as one of the world’s most exciting pianists and Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 sees the reissue of his classic Mariinsky Label debut. Performing a unique range of works, including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, this new vinyl version features the young pianist’s interpretation Mussorgsky’s Gopak, previously unreleased.

To celebrate Black Friday/ Cyber Monday, we are offering customers 20% off vinyl products, only available on the Mariinsky Label online store; valid from November 24th to midnight November 27th, simply enter the code BFCMMAR at checkout to redeem. To browse our selection of vinyl, visit: https://mariinskylabel.com/collections/vinyl 

Recordings are pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Currently, all vinyl releases on the Mariinsky label are double LPs, and come in a gatefold sleeve with voucher codes for free MP3 and HD FLAC downloads.


Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev on tour October 19 2017

This November and December, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra embark on a major tour of the United States, Canada, Japan and Korea, bringing music from the greatest Russian composers to iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Suntory Hall.

Listen to highlights of the works Maestro Gergiev has chosen to perform with this tour playlist from unCLASSIFIED

Along the way, Gergiev and the Mariinsky will be joined by acclaimed pianist Denis Matsuev, who will perform a selection of concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shchedrin. Matsuev is world renowned for his interpretations of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev's music, and on Friday 20th October the Mariinsky Label will release a special preview of his new album on all major digital music services, before it's released on Hybrid SACD in February 2018. Fans of Rachmaninov can also enjoy Denis's classic recording of the composer's Third Piano Concerto, which is now available on vinyl for the first time ever. 

Download Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 & Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2 on iTunes or listen on Apple Music here. 

Click here to purchase Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on vinyl. 

Follow unCLASSIFIED on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more expertly curated playlists. 

Russian Classics Vol. 1 Out Now September 01 2017

Ahead of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra's performance at the 2017 BBC Proms, the Mariinsky Label is proud to announce the first in a series of compilations celebrating the finest Russian Classical music. 

Russian Classics looks at some of the most famous music the country has to offer, such as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, the powerful finale of Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninov's beautiful Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. It's now available to listen to on Apple Music or to download from iTunes.

For his appearance at this year's Proms, Gergiev has curated a programme of music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich to mark the Centenary of the Russian. You can book tickets now via the BBC website. Gergiev and the Mariinsky will also return to London in October for performances of music by Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at Cadogan Hall.

To view the Mariinsky Label catalogue on Apple Music, click here

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.’

For exclusive video interviews with Valery Gergiev, follow the Mariinsky Orchestra on Apple Music here.

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

Explore the Mariinsky label catalogue on iTunes

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 Чайковскогосимфонии 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

14th – 18th, 21st – 24th January 2015,

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

Watch Building the Mariinsky at BAM.

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


24th & 25th January, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, USA

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.

For tickets for the 24th January concert please click here
For tickets for the 25th January concert please click


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.



27th & 28th January 2015, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA

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


29th January, Troy Music Hall, Troy, USA 

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

For tickets for this concert please click here 



30th January 2015, Mayo Performing Arts Centre, Morristown, New Jersey, USA

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.



31st January, 1st February 2015,
Carolina Performing Arts Centre, Chapel Hill, USA

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


3rd February, Peabody Auditorium,
Daytona Beach Symphony Society, Daytona Beach, USA

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



4th February, Kravis Centre for the Professional Arts, West Palm Beach, USA

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


5th February, Hayes Hall, Artis-Naples, USA

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.

For tickets for this performance please click here


6th February, Knight Concert Hall, Miami, USA

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


To buy your copy of Shostakovich Symphony No 8 on the Mariinsky label please click


To buy your copy of Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 with Denis Matsuev on the Mariinsky label please click

To download your copy of the Mariinsky label’s brand new release, Mussorgsky 
Pictures at an Exhibition, from iTunes please click here

To explore the full Mariinsky catalogue please visit www.mariinskylabel.com

To follow the Mariinsky in the USA Spotify playlist please click here 


Please click here for more information on the Mariinsky Orchestra and their local and international tour dates and performances.

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.

To buy tickets, please click here.


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

To buy tickets for the 11th December concert please click here

To buy tickets for the 12th December concert please click here

UK tour, November 2014 October 14 2014

2nd November 2014, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 

On the 2nd November, the Mariinsky Orchestra, Soloists and Chorus arrive in Cardiff for a concert performance of Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The concert performance is a highlight event in the 10th Anniversary celebratory programme for Wales’ landmark arts centre, Wales Millennium Centre. It also marks the signing of a six year extension to the creative partnership first established between the Mariinsky Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre in 2007.

For this performance please buy tickets here.

3rd, 4th November 2014, Barbican Centre, London

Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, The Mariinsky Opera lays bare the soul of Russia at the Barbican Centre, in a landmark residency featuring the concert performances of two extraordinary operas, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov on the 3rd November and the UK premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Levsha (The Left-Hander) on the 4th November.

For tickets for the 3rd November performance of Boris Godunov please click here.
For tickets for the 4th November performance of The Left-Hander please click here


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” 
Opera Now

"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.

Follow these links for the celebrated Mariinsky recordings of Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.


7th, 8th November, Town Hall, Birmingham

On the 7th November Valery Gergiev conducts the outstanding Mariinsky string players; the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble, performing Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Elgar Introduction and Allegro and Strauss Metamorphosen on a magnificent collection of historic instruments by Amati, Guarneri and, of course, Stradivari himself. A once-in-a-lifetime evening of string playing without compare in the intimate surroundings of Town Hall, Birmingham

For tickets of this performance please click here.

Please click here for more information on the Mariinsky Orchestra and their local and international tour dates and performances.