Having closed the concert season, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is returning to the recording studio. From June16th to June 22th, Vladimir Spivakov will record with his orchestra the First Symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Requiem by Karl Jenkins, as well as complete the work on the album “Bel Canto Treasures and Rarities” with baritone Vasily Ladyuk. Records will be released under the Maestro's own label – Spivakov Sound.
This March the NPR has released three albums which feature all Piano Concertos (including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) and Symphonic Dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The recordings were made at the Moscow Performing Arts Centre in 2017–2018. You can listen to the albums in the "Multimedia / Audio" section.
On January 21, 2017, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia started a recording session of Sergei Rachmaninoff's works. During four days to follow there will be recorded the composer's Fourth Piano Concerto (soloist – Alexander Romanovsky) and “Symphonic Dances”, both conducted by Vladimir Spivakov.
In accordance with the established tradition the recording is done with the participation of German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a Grammy and ECHO Award winner, a constant partner of such recorded music companies as Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. In 2015-2016 Nedel and his company b-sharp took part in the NPR's release under Sony Music's label of an album of Edvard Grieg's music “A Wounded Heart” (it can be heard in the “Audio Section), as well as in the recordings of Taneyev's “John of Damascus” Cantata (see “Sacred Russia”), Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and “Eugene Onegin” with top singers of Moscow opera houses.
Vyacheslav Artyomov is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest living composer. After the fall of the Soviet regime his music has travelled the world to great acclaim. It is deep, ultimately spiritual and brilliantly crafted, with influences from the Russian symphonic tradition colored by Mahler, Honegger and Messiaen to name a few but melded into a unique voice. Symphony "On the Threshold of a Bright World" is the second of his gigantic symphonic tetralogy “Symphony of the Way” commissioned by Mstislav Rostropovich to whose memory the disc is dedicated. The symphony is accompanied by another major work, Ave Atque Vale for percussion and orchestra, and the much more traditional Ave, Crux Alba a setting of the Hymn of the Knights of Malta.
The conductor, Ashkenazy, needs no introduction, being one of the most lauded and accomplished figures in music today. Overall, this is a disc of high importance in the symphonic repertoire (world premiere recordings).
Symphony: On the Threshold of a Bright World
(in 18 continuous episodes, tracked individually on CD only)
Ave Atque Vale, for percussion and orchestra
Rostislav Sharayevsky, percussion
Ave, Crux Alba, for choir and orchestra
Helikon Theatre Choir of Moscow
On June 16, 2016, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia start recording the opera "Eugene Onegin" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It will be recorded in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center during 10 days. World famous singers, leading soloists of the best Russian and European theatres are invited to perform the main roles: Hibla Gerzmava (Tatiana), Vasily Ladyuk (Onegin), Dmitry Korchak (Lensky), Julia Mazurova (Olga), Ekaterina Morozova (Larina), Nikolai Didenko (Gremin), Valery Gilmanov (Zaretsky, Company Commander) etc. The Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" under the direction of People's Artist of Russia Lev Kontorovich are also taking part in the recording.
One of the key figures in this series of recordings will be well-known German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a winner of the Grammy and the ECHO Awards, and a permanent partner of Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. Nedel is known for his successful long-term cooperation with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he has repeatedly worked with Denis Matsuev. The NPR's previous recordings – the Edvard Grieg Album "A Wounded Heart" for Sony Music and album with masterpieces by Stravinsky, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky – were made with the participation of Nedel and his “b-sharp” studio.
On January 20, 2016, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia start recording their new album, which will include "St. John of Damascus" by Sergey Taneyev and "The Bells" by Rachmaninoff. The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" under the direction of People's Artist of Russia Lev Kontorovich are also taking part in the recording.