The Mariinsky Label
The Mariinsky label, launched in May 2009, draws on the theatre's rich legacy and historical ties to the great Russian composers. It showcases the extraordinary talent within the theatre and orchestra, presenting new recordings of works that are both familiar and less well known to the widest possible audience.
Each recording is made using high-definition technology in the new Mariinsky Concert Hall, which has been widely acclaimed for its exceptional acoustic. Recording commenced in July 2008 during the annual White Nights Festival and are available on SACD from the Mariinsky label website and all good retailers. Downloads are available from all digital music stores including iTunes, Amazon, Google Music and eMusic.
The Mariinsky Theatre
The Mariinsky Theatre can trace its origins back to 1783 when Catherine the Great issued a decree that led to its formation. It has staged the premieres of operas by Verdi, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky as well as many of the great ballets including Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere and Raimonda. The company remains committed to presenting new opera and ballet, most recently Smelkov's The Brothers Karamazov and in 2009 will premiere three new mono-operas based on works by Gogol. Under the leadership of Valery Gergiev its international reputation has blossomed with frequent touring and recordings. It recently reverted to the Mariinsky name, having previously been more widely known outside Russia by its Communist-era name of Kirov.
Valery Gergiev became Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1988 and has since led an extraordinary renaissance at the theatre in the post-Communist era. He has overseen the development of the Mariinsky Concert Hall and is the driving force behind a new project to build a second theatre. He has also led the Mariinsky Orchestra, Opera and Ballet companies on numerous international tours. Since 2007 he has also held the position of Principal Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra.
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The Mariinsky Label and LSO Live
The Mariinsky is working closely with the London Symphony Orchestra's label, LSO Live, to support the development of the Mariinsky label and distribution of its recordings. Mariinsky label recordings are made available by LSO Live.