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The Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis was born in Athens in 1972, and studied conducting under Ilya Musin in St Petersburg. He founded MusicAeterna in 2004, and in 2013 they embarked on a trilogy of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas on Sony which won widespread acclaim for its raw energy and imagination – the Don Giovanni (generally regarded as the highlight of the cycle) was described as ‘controversially explosive’ (The Times), ‘idiosyncratic, sometimes startling, always riveting’ (The New York Times), and ‘an invigorating shower of fresh new insights’.
Their discography together also includes The Rite of Spring (‘pulsating yet rhythmically crisp’ – Gramophone), Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony (‘devastatingly powerful’ – BBC Music Magazine), Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, and Purcell’s The Indian Queen (which won an ECHO Klassik Award in 2017). Elsewhere Currentzis has recorded Shsotakovich’s Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Berg’s Wozzeck from the Bolshoi, Verdi’s Macbeth from L’Opéra national de Paris, and a double-bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Perséphone from the Teatro Real.
Further Reading: Teodor Currentzis
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna present an impassioned, highly dramatic account of Mahler's Sixth Symphony.
James listens to a turbulent and impassioned account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 from Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna.