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From: firstname.lastname@example.org / 15-07-2006 21:31:27
Now that I am the grateful and proud owner of all Myaskovsky's 27 symphonies I continue to marvel at the man's musical genius and never tire of hearing his music played over and over again.
I can say now without any hesitation, that every single day in this California house his glorious music is being played and enjoyed, as a day without Myaskovsky would be for me a day without total joy.
From: STELIYAN / e-mail / 05-07-2006 18:03:54
Genius, amazing composer who I have only started to explore!
Thanks for excellent site!
From: Joop (NL) / 03-07-2006 02:05:20
The link that Malcolm posted here should not be missed by anyone who failed to grab the opportunity when this 16cd boxed set appeared some years ago. It really is a treat for any Мясковский aficionado.
From: Malcolm J. Thomson. / e-mail / 02-07-2006 01:25:19
I would like to pass along to those who may be interested some information I received today from another Myaskovsky admirer concerning the availability of all 27 Myaskovsky symphonies on CD.
They are being offered by RECORDS INTERNATIONAL on their web site http://www.recordsinternational.com/RICatalogJul06.html and appear on the catalogue page for July 2006 (about two-thirds down).
According to the note the entire set is by the STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF RUSSIA. conducted by EVGENI SVETLANOV and the number of available sets is very limited. I also understand that the asking price is U.S. 303.98
This is a rare opportunity for anyone wishing to obtain this entire collection. Malcolm.
From: Blumenfeld / 30-06-2006 17:48:23
Что поделаешь: мы живём в такое время, когда общество, активно нацеленное на Потребление, беззастенчиво демонстрирует леность души и полное отсутствие бескорыстного любопытства.
I agree wholeheartedly with the author of this assessment of our modern society! While it has been very difficult for me to fully understand every word of this excellent Russian essay about the problematic Myaskovsky (and I apologize for possibly missunderstanding part of its ideas), there is much non-Russian people do not understand about his difficult position stuck between ideological camps, his attempts at reconciliation, such as with the sixth symphony's grasp of both the patriotic and tragic dimensions of the Revolution, and the importance of grasping his aesthetics in broader strokes than the narrow musicological language of professional writers. As for the music composed by his contemporaries, I share the author's critical assessment of the clannish nature, and corresponding closed mindedness, of many early twentieth-century music listeners. Dohnanyi, Kodaly, Szymanovsky, Martinu and Janacek deserve no less attention than Bartok; Gliere, Myaskovsky, Shebalin, Blumenfeld, Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Popov and Weinberg should never be simply dismissed because concert halls and record companies profit more from a society only eager to hear and re-listen to a few works from Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. I will continue to read as well as to listen, however, because notwithstanding all their shortcomings and narrowly conceived assessment of Myaskovsky's music, musicologist such as Boris Schwarz do add to my understanding of the overall societal and musical contexts of a composer's life. In other words, I do not believe that listening and reading are mutually exclusive.
From: Blumenfeld / 29-06-2006 08:24:09
Janis Ivanovs is a Latvian composer who received his musical training at the Latvian Conservatory in Riga, where, to my knowledge, Myaskovsky did not teach.
On a personal note, I have also finallly acquired the Svetlanov series on Russian Disc for which I am truly indebted to those who have created a fund named after E. Svetlanov. There is no reason in my mind why symphonies such as # 15, 16, 18, 23 and 26 should not be given more widespread circulation. Even the early symphonies number 3 and 4 are genuinely interesting when placed in their respective contexts. I am correct in assuming that there is no difference between the "Russian State Symphony Orchestra" identified on the now defunct Olympia series and the "State Symphony Orchestra" listed on the Russian Disc series? Finally, I have the opportunity to listen to Myaskovsky's symphonic progression over time. What a joy!
From: Roger Seery / e-mail / 27-06-2006 17:15:14
I recently purchased a cd containing two of the Latvian composer Janis Ivanov's symphonies. I think I heard somewhere that Myaskovsky had a hand in his musical education. Does anybody out there know if this is true? Compared with the Russian master's works, Ivanov's seems a lot less complicated. Even so, the works i have heard so far were quite good. Back to Myaskovsky, why doesn't somebody in naxos or some other prominent classical music company do the right thing and at least record a cycle of his symphonies? I think they would sell very well because of the composer's growing popularity. They (naxos) have done a very good job so far, with the violin concerto and the 24th and 25th symphonies, amongst others, being given very effective interpretations. So, please - more Myaskovsky!
From: Георгий / e-mail / icq / 27-06-2006 16:48:54
Два дня назад слушал 13-й квартет Николая Яковлевича.
Как можно ТАК писать, пользуясь самыми простыми темами!..
From: Алексей Войтенко / e-mail / 27-06-2006 01:48:58
Уважаемые коллеги! Необходима помощь. Не располагает ли кто из Вас партиями 2-й струнной симфониетты а-moll? Может, в библиотеке московской консерватории есть? Коль таковые могли бы быть высланными в отсканированном виде - по гроб жизни не забыл бы!! :) С уважением, А.Войтенко
From: Malcolm J. Thomson / e-mail / 17-06-2006 01:14:22
As one who greatly admires the symphonic works of Myaskovsky I have over a considerable number of years attempted to acquire all 27 of his symphonies and until quite recently I had been successful in obtaining only 13 on CDs. A few of these 13 had been relatively easy to find through diligent searching on the internet, while others were considerably more difficult to locate, requiring an extensive search of the world-wide sources most likely to have such recordings. This then left me with 14 “Missing” symphonies and during the last year I have daily continued the search without having any success.
Now due to an unbelievable gift from a person in Arizona, U.S.A. who was browsing the internet and came across this web site, I am now the recipient of all the “Missing” symphonies and am the proud possessor of the entire set. Needless to say, I am completely overcome and full of joy at this magnificent gift.
The donor is a fan of classical music and has a personal collection of CDs that number close to 2000, many devoted to the works of the Russian composers whose compositions have sadly only been heard infrequently in the Western World, and he has over many years obtained many duplicates of a number of these recordings. After seeing my name on your web site he contacted me by e-mail and we have now begun a friendship which has already provided me with an unexpected happiness, one I never expected to achieve in my lifetime.
As all who visit this web site regularly must surely be admirers of Myaskovsky I wanted to share the news of my good fortune with them and I can assure all that I could not have wished for any other gift than that which has resulted in the fulfillment of this dream.
I should also state that he also included with the “Missing” symphonies two other Myaskovsky compositions, rarely ever heard and previously completely unknown to me. The Slav Rhapsody in D, op.71 and Hulpingung’s Overture, in C, op.48.
Well I must be off, as I have a date with Myaskovsky’s 21st Symphony.
Malcolm J. Thomson.
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