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From: blumenfeld / 25-07-2006 21:28:04
Downes, Svetlanov and Rozhdestvensky all contributed a recording of Myaskovsky's fifth symphony (1918), perhaps his first great popular success. Amazing how these three versions differ from one another! The energetic Rozhdestvensky was back from England to assume the direction of the State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture, a position previously held by Maxim Shostakovich. But, for some reason, his recording dated February 1982 was done with Svetlanov's orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. He keeps a very fast pace, finishing the symphony in less than 32 minutes, compared to just under 44 minutes for Svetlanov and 35.5 minutes for Downes. Normally I don't pay much attention to time variations but this is huge! The symphony's four movements -- allegretto amabile, lento-andante, allegro burlando, allegro risoluto -- do suggest a dynamic symphony with lots of momentum. Other than in the second, much slower movement, I think Rozhdenstvensky, as well as Downes, captures the composer's intentions better than Svetlanov. His interpretation is too sluggish, as though the orchestra is exhausted. A similar difference is noticeable, though not to such a dramatic extent, with the second symphony.

From: Георгий / e-mail / 20-07-2006 16:06:42
В "Литературной газете" - статья о Мясковском: http://www.lgz.ru/archives/html_arch/lg292006/Polosy/9_4.htm

From: malcolmthomson@cox.net / 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! Steliyan, Varna, Bulgaria

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!..

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