Entitled the "Pathétique", Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony has always been an important work in Teodor Currentzis's conducting career, since being deeply affected as a teenager by a recording conducted by Evgeny Mravinsky. Later on, Currentzis would study with Mravinsky's former classmate Ilya Musin, who was renowned for his authoritative interpretation of Russian repertoire and his legacy of gifted protégés.
Currentzis holds strong views on the Symphony and sees universal meaning in Tchaikovsky's intent. As he explains:
"There are people who, after experiencing a fall, after surviving defeat, find some kind of special place, a special sanctuary. Their place amid the confusion of this world. If they fall repeatedly, then this refuge gradually becomes more and more familiar: it regales them with the sensuality that is lacking in the world above. The first time one is stabbed with a knife, it hurts; the second time, it is borne more easily; the third time, in order that one may survive, it becomes a piece of art. There are no aesthetics when it comes to open wounds. What I want to bring to this music is not the strong emotionality or the big sound or the excellent form. The thing that I want to bring is the ‘flower of the wound’, the perfection of 110 musicians gathering to have a ceremony for the wounds we endure, not to merely play a concert. It is completely different. Not taking it in objectively as a kind of performance of this music, but as something else. To talk about our wounds and our experiences. So this is very important."
|Teodor Currentzis (Photo by Nina Vorobyova)|
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
♪ Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 "Pathétique" (1893)
i. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
ii. Allegro con grazia
iii. Allegro molto vivace
iv. Finale. Adagio lamentoso
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
Cover image © Markus Probst
Recorded at Funkhaus Nalepastraße, Berlin, February 9-15, 2015
Sony Classical 2017
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MusicAeterna, now resident in Perm, has been granted the status of the first orchestra of Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 2017-2018, Teodor will travel across Europe with musicAeterna performing in the most prestigious venues, including Vienna Konzerthaus and the Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and La Scala in Milan. Programmes include semi-staged performances of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito and Puccini's La bohème as well as programmes of Schostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2 and Mozart's Piano Concerto in G with Alexander Melnikov. Teodor will also make his debut at Dutch National Opera with MusicAeterna and Peter Seller's production of La clemenza di Tito. Further engagements include Tonhalle Orchestra with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Salzburg, SWR Symphony and Philharmonia Zurich with Helene Grimaud.
Past highlights of Teodor's career include: Resident Artist at the Vienna Konzerthaus beginning 2016-2017 including concerts with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and MusicAeterna; a tour with Mahler Chamber Orchestra of Berio's Coro; Clemenza di tito and Mozart's Requiem at Salzburg Festival, Verdi's Macbeth at Zurich Opera with Barrie Kosky (2016); Wagner's Das Rheingold with MusicAeterna Orchestra (2015, RUHRtriennale in Bochum); Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Stravinsky's Persephone at Aix Festival (2015) which premiered in Madrid in 2012; Purcell's The Indian Queen in Madrid (2012); Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Zurich (2012) and Weinberg's The Passenger with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Bregenz (2010).
As Artistic Director of Perm Opera, Teodor has commissioned several important new works, including Phillipe Hersants' Tristia (2016), Dmitrii Kourliandski's opera Nosferatu (2014), Alexei Syumak's opera Cantos (2016), and a violin concerto by Sergey Nevsky (2015).
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists and have released the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy, Stravinsky's Les Noces and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Previous recordings include Shostakovich's Symphony No.14, Mozart's Requiem and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label. In 2017, they will release Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6, and thereafter Mahler's Symphony No.6. MusicAeterna plans to record and release all nine Beethoven Symphonies ahead of the 2020 Beethoven anniversary.
In 2017, ECHO Klassik awarded the DVD/Blu-ray production of Purcell's Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellers, with Teodor and MusicAeterna, following on from a previous ECHO Klassik award in 2016 for "Symphonic Recording (20th/21st century music)" for their recording of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, both released on Sony Classical. In 2012, Teodor and his brother Vangelino Currentzis, recorded and composed the soundtrack of the European Games opening ceremony in Baku and were nominated for an Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Music Direction and Composition. Teodor Currentzis was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2008, and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundation's prestigious Kairos Award in 2016. The same year, Opernwelt named Teodor Currentzis Best Conductor of the Year for his Macbeth at Zurich Opera.
Teodor has so far been awarded seven Golden Masks – Russia's prestigious theatre award – most recently in 2017 as Best Opera Conductor for La Traviata, a Perm Opera production directed by Robert Wilson. Previous awards include the Best Opera Conductor award (Wozzeck, Bolshoi 2009), for a "brilliant performance of Prokofiev's score" (Cinderella, 2007) and for "outstanding results in the area of authentic performance" (The Marriage of Figaro, 2008).
In 2006, combining his knowledge and passion for early music with contemporary composers and new music, Teodor started the Territoria Modern Art Festival, which in a short space of time has become the most prestigious and progressive annual music festival in Moscow. Since 2012, Teodor has also curated the Diaghilev Festival, held in the home of the composer's birth town in Russia.
Born in Greece in 1972, Russia has become Teodor's home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.
Teodor Currentzis was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2008, and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundation's prestigious Kairos Award in 2016. The same year, Opernwelt named Teodor Currentzis Best Conductor of the Year for his Macbeth at Zurich Opera.
|Photo by Nina Vorobyova|
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major | Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Nadine Koutcher, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis (Download 96kHz/24bit)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, & Symphony No.1 in F minor | Benjamin Britten: Sinfonietta, Op.1 – Steven Isserlis, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis (HD 1080p)