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From: Михаил Сегельман / 22-05-2006 19:20:24
Joop (NL) / 20-05-2006 17:34:08 We know that Dmitry Kabalevsky, unlike most other composers ... (see below)

Not Myaskovsky, he offered another substitution - Gavriil Popov.

From: Joop (NL) / 20-05-2006 17:34:08
We know that Dmitry Kabalevsky, unlike most other composers, never had trouble with the Soviet regime. Just reading the linernotes to a Naxos cd of Kabalevsky's Piano concertos. The author Richard Whitehouse refers to the notorious Zhdanov decree of 1948. Does anyone know if the story is true that Kabalevsky only avoided being blacklisted by persuading officals to substitute Myaskovky's name for his own?

From: Albert / 19-05-2006 23:24:19
We Dutch are a lucky lot. The Borodin will again visit us with the 13th string quartet. This time in Eindhoven at November 10th 2006. See www.muziekcentrum.nl

From: Дмитрий Горбатов / 19-05-2006 01:58:16
Георгий: «Отар Иоселиани: “Я не знаю, как можно определить, к примеру, таких музыкантов, как Рахманинов. Он что, русский музыкант?” Там вообще много перлов»
А знаете, Иоселиани интересно мыслит! Нет, разумеется, в академической музыке он понимает ровно ноль — но ведь он и не обязан: от такого уникального режиссёра этого вообще вряд ли можно было бы ожидать. Интересно другое: если ему возражать — то как? Какими словами и терминами? В каких категориях?.. Ведь что бы мы ему ни сказали, Отар ответит: «Бездоказательно! Субъективно! Музыка “местного значения”!» — И будет прав (хотя, конечно же, и не прав тоже)!.. Особенно любопытен «наезд» Иоселиани на Чайковского: со статьёй Мясковского «Чайковский и Бетховен» Отар явно не знаком! :-)

From: Георгий / e-mail / 16-05-2006 11:50:02
А Мясковский - русский музыкант? Казалось бы, идиотский вопрос. Но, как видите, нет: (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/russian/business/newsid_4766000/4766047.stm): "О. Иоселиани: Я не знаю, как можно определить, к примеру, таких музыкантов, как Рахманинов. Он что - русский музыкант? " Там вообще много перлов.

From: Roger Seery / e-mail / 15-05-2006 19:33:33
Priviet! I'd just like to tell the world that Myaskovsky doen't get half the amount of recognition or credit that he deserves, from the music world or outside it. I have to admit, it wasn't until last year that I started to get interested in his music, but in a very short space of time he has become one of my favourite composers. You Russian people should be proud of this composer because I'm sure if he was British or American, we'd never stop hearing about him from the powers that be. I would encourage anybody to listen to his music, whether with a sophisticated musical ear or not. das vidania!

From: Jeffrey Davis / e-mail / 10-05-2006 21:37:21
I think that Olympia bankrupted itself in issuing their Myaskovsky series. Also. their MD who had pioneered recordings of neglected Russian and Soviet composers (Myaskovsky, Shebalin, Popov, Kabalevsky etc) became very ill. I gather their were also problems over royalties with Svetlanov's widow. All very sad really. Olympia was a great company. The booklet notes by Per Skans were wonderfully informative, entertaining and insightful. If you like Myaskovsky try Shebalin's Symphony 1 and 5 (if you can find them!) which are very much in the spirit of his teacher.

From: Joop (NL) / 10-05-2006 20:31:20
The Regis label is currently releasing recordings that used to be at the now defunct Olympia label. I presume in due time they will continue Svatlanov's Myaskovsky cycle as well.

From: Blumenfeld / 10-05-2006 14:46:35
John: You were rather fortunate in a somewhat unfortunate situation. Olympia, the remarkably adventurous British firm with its numerous Soviet music series (Myaskovsky, Vainberg, Kabalevsky, etc.) is no longer with us! Not unlike the label Russian Disc, its CD\\\'s are either unavailable or are being offered by a few online music stores at an exorbitant price (some Vainberg Olympia discs are currently priced at thirty to forty dollars). To my knowledge, volume 1-10 of the Myaskovsky symphonies are currently unavailable even though some stores in the UK apparently offer to deliver them after \\\"four to five weeks.\\\" I assume this implies they do not have them in stock and will attempt to acquire used copies.

From: John Parrillo / e-mail / 09-05-2006 22:55:34
A few years ago, I chanced to listen to Myaskovsky's Symphony #5, conducted by Maestro Downs on a Marco Polo label. I was blown away and convinced that this composer was one of Russia's great cultural secrets. Luckily, I have been able to collect the first 9 volumes of Evgeni Svelanov's symphonic cycle of Myaskovsky's 27 symphonies. What happened to this recent project that was supposed to amount to 17 CDs? Can I purchase volume 10 that I missed? I suggest to any classical listener to attempt to listen to any of the 27 symphonies since they all display power, sophistication, and emotional intensity unmatched by many accepted orchestral classics. His compositions can be both engaging, but yet relaxing.


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