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From: Administrator / 10-08-2007 11:15:08
To Joop: We think that there are some problems with the edition you mentioned. We were told by the people who have listened to this disk, that the 18th symphony is actually missing there (Please, see the link http://www.myaskovsky.ru/?id=5&id1=45&pg=5)

From: Joop (NL) / 09-08-2007 17:01:30
By the way: the 16cd box was not on Russian Revelation, but on Russian Disc of course (a revelation nevertheless...).
Does anyone know the Russian Classound label? They seem to have released Alexander Gauk's rendition of Myaskovsky's symphonies # 17 and #18 some years ago. I've never seen this disc anywhere. I own the Melodiya version of #17 (and have to turn the LP in the middle of the slow movement) but I am anxious to hear #18.

Symphony no. 17 in G sharp minor opus 41
Symphony no. 18 in C major opus 42
USSR Large Radio-Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Gauk (conductor)

From: Joop (NL) / 07-08-2007 14:43:09
At last! This is really good news. Svetlanov's ill-fated project, that almost bankrupted him, deserves to be resumed and completed. As the proud owner of the complete 16cd cycle in the Russian Revelation version (made at Svetlanov's own expense), I can assure you all that no Myaskovsky aficionado can do without them. Since Olympia had to close down due to the death of its proprietor, I don't expect Alto to face the same problems...

From: Albert (NL) / 05-08-2007 17:18:03
I noted today that the Alto-label (www.musicalconcepts.net) is taking over Svetlanov's magnificent cycle, where Olympia ceased. Here's hoping Alto will not face Olympia's problems! Prices are $15 for overseas shipping per cd.

From: Joop (NL) / 25-07-2007 19:43:19
Quote: "his 27th Symphony was posthumously given an award by the Soviet Government". Dear Roger Seery: as much as I admire the symphony #27, I would not consider a Stalin Prize by the Soviet Goverment of the late forties as a recommendation. Besides, would you really include Prokovjef's #7 (fine as it is) in his best works? I sympathize with your theory, but I don't think it can stand...

From: Georgi / e-mail / icq / 25-07-2007 14:30:37
(Did anyone ever notice how composers seem to compose their best works in their dying days?... Rachmaninov's "The Bells") - I don't think this is a good example. "The Bells" were written in 1913, 30 years before Rachmaninov's death.

From: Kees van Hage / e-mail / 15-07-2007 17:51:57
I am looking for an miniature score of Symphony Nr. 6. Does it exist?

From: Malcolm Thomson / e-mail / 13-07-2007 00:04:07
I would agree to a point with Roger Seery's assessment that often composers seem to produce their best works towards the end of their lives, however, it is my personal opinion that notwithstanding the obvious merits of Mysakovsky's 27th, he was already writing works of equal quality years previous to his final symphony. Indeed, as early as his 17th his ability to produce outstanding music , complex in structure and illustrating those beautiful sounds that we admirers continue to enjoy and wonder at, was well established and it may also be argued that even earlier works exhibited these same attributes.
I will agree that from his 20th Symphony through his 27th he was definitely on a roll, every symphonic work in that period being successes and for those who appreciate and love Myaskovsky's compositions for the same reasons as I do, this period of his compositions fulfill and represent the "Golden Age" of the Myaskovsky Sound.

From: Roger Seery / e-mail / 11-07-2007 19:56:11
Did anyone ever notice how composers seem to compose their best works in their dying days? Look at Prokofiev and his 7th Symphony, for example. Then there's Bartok and his Concerto for Orchestra. Another example would be Bruckner's unfinished 9th Symphony. Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" Symphony, Rachmaninov's "The Bells", and Beethoven's "Choral Symphony" are other examples that further illustrate the point.Myaskovsky is no different. Despite being publicly criticized by the authorities in his later years, his 27th Symphony was posthumously given an award by the Soviet Government!

From: Георгий - Белышеву / e-mail / icq / 08-06-2007 10:47:19
Низкий Вам поклон! Вы делаете великое и нужное дело! А можно ли (и как) приобрести записи Ваших исполнений?

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