Nicolai Malko conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1957-1960)

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Ukrainian-born conductor Nicolai Malko studied music in St. Petersburg. He eventually began teaching at the Moscow and Leningrad Conservatories. Malko had a sporadic relationship with the BBC, and although he was never a staff conductor, he visited, taught, and conducted occasionally from 1929 until his passing in 1962. This 4-disc set contains some of Malko’s best conducting for BBC broadcast, including works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Haydn, Mussorgsky, Bruckner, and more.

"This well-transferred collection of BBC broadcasts has to be one of the most significant "historical" orchestral releases in recent years. There are of course various commercial discs with Malko; here, though, we have the Russian-born conductor captured in full flight.

The principle novelty is The Kodaly's one-act theater piece The Spinning Room, sung in English, and thoroughly enjoyable. The remainder of the set is purely orchestral.

Minor tape imperfections and playing fluffs notwithstanding, this is a musically enriching set and our experience of the conductor is duly extended." – Gramophone


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: REAM2120


  • UPC: 5020926212023


  • Label: Lyrita


  • Composer: Anton Bruckner, Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Joseph Haydn, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Zoltán Kodály


  • Conductor: Nicolai Malko


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Denis Dowling, Duncan Robertson, Elizabeth Simon, Kathleen Joyce, Norma Proctor, Owen Brannigan