Tag Archives: Kiril Kondrashin

Kondrashin / MPO – Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs / Symphonic Dances (original USSR pressing)

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# Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin and Yevgeny Svetlanov
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
# Chorus: Bolshoi Theater Chorus
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Melodiya / EMI / His Master’s Voice | ASD 2488
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Kondrashin / MPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (USSR pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Мелодия | C 0813-16
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.54GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (429MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

OK, it’s official. I’m a rabid Mahler fan now. This was the performance that did it.

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Melodiya/EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – The Bells (Kondrashin)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
This recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells is excellent. An admirer had suggested Rachmaninov set Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Bells, to music. Poe’s poem dealt with four important life experiences as expressed in the sounds of different bells (silver – youth, gold – marriage, brass – war, iron – mourning). Rachmaninov set them as a four-movement choral piece, wonderfully capturing the different sounds and moods.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Aleksei Bolshakov, Mikhail Dovenman, Ivan Kozlovsky, Yelizaveta Shumskaya
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin, Israel Gusman
Vinyl (1963)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodiya/EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.07GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodiya) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1 & 3 (Kondrashin)

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Compared to many of the recordings made today Maestro Kondrashin’s tempi are fast and the recordings (like those from conductors Mravinsky, Svetlanov and Rhodesvetsky) have a visceral feel. More recently, conductors like Valery Gergiev and Mistislav Rostropovich have adopted slower tempi that seek to probe the drama of the music. This approach rewarding but it is interesting to listen to the work of conductors who worked with Shostakovich.
The First Symphony is very well played and exuberant. It certainly is among the best recordings of the symphony.
This Third Symphony is nicely performed, well recorded and played at a fast tempo. This recording ranks alongside Haitinck’s acclaimed reading as one of the best of this symphony.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodiya
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.19 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodyia) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 & 1st Mov. Symphony No. 10 (Kondrashin/Rozhdestvensky)

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Perhaps this particular Mahler recording from Kondrashin is mainly for fans of the conductor. Because of some faster tempi that most of you (and me) are not familiar with. All in all is a good performance, don’t missunderstand me. But it should not be one’s only recording of Mahler 5 in one’s collection, to be sure. However, given the rarity of recordings from Soviet-era Russia of Mahler 5, that makes this recording of some historic interest. But the main reason to have this album is the 1st mov. of the 10th Symphony, performed in a marvellous way by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: USSR Symphony Orchestra (5), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (10)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin(5), Gennady Rozhdestvensky(10)
Vinyl (1974 and 1971)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.7 GB
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Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury/Speakers Corner) Prokofiev/Rachmaninov – Piano Concertos (Janis/Kondrashin)

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All thanks for this brand new jewel go to Jean-Luc
Prokofiev’s Third was one of the concertos that appeared in the Richard Dreyfuss movie “The Competition,” and Byron Janis’s performance is generally considered to be more than competition-worthy. In fact, many consider it the best ever, also a function of Kirill Kondrashin’s inspired accompaniments. Janis’s performance is a bit slower than usual, not because he lacks energy or technique, but rather because he actually takes the time to play all of those notes and make something musically satisfying out of them. It’s a very personal interpretation, carried through with blazing conviction; and the coupling, Rachmaninov’s early First Concerto (Sergej was 17 years old), is equally stunning. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Sergej Prokofiev, Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Byron Janis
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kyril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1962/2009)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury/Speakers Corner
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
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Size: 2.07 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodya) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 6/Violin Concerto No. 2 (Kondrashin/Oistrakh)

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Sound is quite a bit better than I had expected, given the often poor quality of Melodiya recordings in that era. There is minimal surface noise, excellent clarity, and sufficient bass expression to give both of these recordings a full rich warm sound.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer: David Oistrakh
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1966?)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Melodya
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.15 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 (Kondrashin)

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Everything just sounds right – Kondrashin’s tempos, use of rubato, rhythmic flow, changes in volume, etc. He was very much at ease with this symphony, and his mastery of it is quite apparent. I have heard other versions of it, such as that of Jarvi, and none come close to Kondrashin. His performance just sounds best. Although the symphony itself mystifies me, the performance does not. Kondrashin’s recording is excellent.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Melodya
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.23 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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