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KIRILL KONDRASHIN - CONDUCTOR
 

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Autographed original 3” x 5” photograph, dated 1962 on the verso by the photographer.

This image was part of a series of photographs taken of conductors during recording sessions by the British classical record producer James Mallinson. 

 

He dates the photograph on the verso, 1962, the year where Kondrashin conducted the World Premiere of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, “Baba Yar” due to the pressure of the Soviet Politiburo who pulled the planned televised broadcast and would not let Yvegeny Mravinsky conduct due to the Jewish subject matter.  The end result was an empty political box and extended applause with screamed “bravos” at the end.  The first recording was live at the 2nd performance.

 

Kondrashin (1914-1981) one of the great conductors of the 20th Century is widely remembered as the conductor who led Van Cliburn's winning performances at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958.  He then gained further Western recognition as he toured the United States with him afterwards.  A video is available on YouTube.  He was the Music Director of the Moscow Philharmonic from 1960 to 1975. He premiered Shostakovich's 4th and 13th Symphonies while he was there. He left the Soviet Union in 1978 and became Permanent Guest Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He also had long and fruitful relationships with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  He left a large oeuvre of recordings which have stood the test of time very well.

 

A great autographed image of the conductor, you will not find elsewhere.