Ariy Pazovsky

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Ariy Moiseyevich Pazovsky (Арий Моисеевич Пазовский) (2 February [O.S. 21 February] 1887 in Perm – 6 January 1953 in Moscow) was a Russian Jewish [1] conductor.

He was a junior conductor at the Bolshoi from 1923–1928, and then director 1943–1948.[2] As a conductor of the Bolshoi Opera, he is credited with having returned parts of Modest Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov which had been censored in Tsarist Russia.[3] On his arrival in 1943 Pazovsky was required to enliven the repertoire with some 19th-century operas, and thus had to postpone Prokofiev's War and Peace, but made this good with putting on Prokofiev's Cinderella.[4][5]


  1. Jack Miller Jews in Soviet culture 1984 p84
  2. Валерий Ильич Зарубин Большой тхеатре 1998 p428 "Арий Моисеевич (1887—1953), дирижер Большого театра (1923—1924, 1925—1928), главный дирижер (1943 — 1948)"
  3. Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Solomon Volkov Testimony: the memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich 2004 p289 "n Moscow they threw out the prayer ensemble in the epilogue, but the musical director of the Leningrad production, stubborn Ari Pazovsky, refused. He insisted on keeping the prayer. Zhdanov was informed. "
  4. Selected letters of Sergei Prokofiev p218 1998 "Owing to the change in the artistic management of the Bolshoi Theater, War and Peace has been postponed for a while, since Pazovsky is supposed to enliven the classical repertoire with a few classical operas. To make it up to me they are putting on Cinderella.." March 7, 1944 Prokofiev to Eisenstein.
  5. The Record collector: 46 2001 "Pazovsky (who arrived for the second season) was a conductor of exceptional culture and strict requirements, who was at the top of his form. ... When Pazovsky arrived, Khovanshchina was added."