The elusive, unknown Mravinsky

The elusive, unknown Mravinsky


norman lebrecht

September 07, 2021

A documentary from the archive of the late Dennis Marks.



  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Very interisting documentary with the presence of Mariss Jansons. I have seen this documentary few years ago. I recomand in LP the DG box of 4-6 symphonies. The covers are superbs but it’s a shame there’s no name for the painter of the three covers.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Thank you so much for this Norman, he’s one of my heroes.

    Happy New Year.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Insightful and moving. Thank you for posting.

  • Steven Holloway says:

    I saw this about five years ago on YouTube. Continuing thanks to whoever uploaded it on that venue.

  • Henry williams says:

    Great conductor. He had 3wives. Iam surprised he does not seem very jolly.

  • Nick2 says:

    A marvelous documentary record of a conductor whom I only knew by reputation. Fascinating! Thank you

  • I was in Philharmonic Hall one afternoon in 1963 while the Montreal Symphony was in Russia on tour. I walked in, and there was the Leningrad Symphony playing an afternoon concert. 2,000 people were listening raptly to Saint-Saens.
    The orchestra began the quiet section of the Tortoise. Standing at the very back of the hall, I felt the hair on my head rising at the back. This was not my imagination — the hair was standing up. Incredulous, I wondered even then what was happening. The complete concentration for the amazing pianissississimo by the players generated a correspondingly intense concentration throughout the audience. No one breathed, and it affected even me, standing at the very back.
    I shall never forget it. That was a period, now past, when a great conductor could be an absolute ruler over an orchestra, and that was Mravinsky.

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    Sadly, many of his recordings are marred by poor sounds and/or bronchial audiences. If you can find it, the 1973 live Shostakovitch 5 on Altus is a thing of wonder…