Evgeny Svetlanov conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony – July 11, 1986 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Svetlanov was born in Moscow and studied conducting with Aleksandr Gauk at the Moscow Conservatory. From 1955 he conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, being appointed principal conductor there in 1962. From 1965 he was principal conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra (now the Russian State Symphony Orchestra). In 1979 he was appointed principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Svetlanov was also music director of the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague) from 1992 to 2000 and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 1999.
Much of Svetlanov’s recorded legacy has been preserved, from his studio recordings to his radio concerts and guest appearances all over the world during his career. So this particular concert may not be all that rare, considering much of his work with Swedish radio has been rebroadcast over the years via Sveriges Radio 2.
But if you’ve missed this concert, here’s a chance to fill in your collection. Yevgeny Svetlanov always put together enjoyable programs, and was part of that colorful legacy of conductors from Russia who shed illuminative points of view towards their native country’s works. He was much admired by musicians and concertgoers alike.
And if you aren’t familiar with him, check out his other work. There’s a lot to discover.
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