Mrawinsky, Yevgeny. (1903–1988)
A very rare signed program from the Soviet and Russian conductor, who directed the Leningrad Philharmonic in concert on November 5, 1960 at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. Mrawinsky has signed above his name on the cover of the program. The program was Shostakovich's Symphony no. 5 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5. 2 pp., together with three separate sheets of program notes and the orchestra's personnel. Fine. 6 x 8.25 inches (15 x 21 cm).
In October 1938, Mravinsky took up the post that he was to hold until 1988: principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), where he had made his debut as a conductor in 1931.Under Mravinsky, the Leningrad Philharmonic gained a legendary reputation, particularly in Russian music such as Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Mravinsky gave world premieres of six symphonies by Shostakovich: numbers 5, 6, 8 (which Shostakovich dedicated to Mravinsky), 9, 10 and finally 12 in 1961. His refusal to conduct the premiere of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony in 1962 caused a permanent rupture in their friendship. Of the remaining Shostakovich symphonies which he did not premiere, Mravinsky only performed (and recorded) the Seventh and the Eleventh.