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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.
From: Blumenfeld / 09-05-2006 21:29:25
Of all North American symphony orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Frederick Stock proved the most dedicated to performing Myaskovsky's music. Between 1925 and 1941, the orchestra performed the fifth symphony twice, "the Sixth eleven times, the Seventh five times, the Fifteenth twice, the Twenty-first three times. One performance each was given of the Symphonies Nos. 8, 10, 12, and 13." (as footnoted in Boris Schwarz, Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia, p.168.
From: Евгений Волков. / e-mail / 08-05-2006 21:41:00
Поздравляю всех с наступающим праздником и приглашаю на хоровой концерт в Малый зал Консерватории 9.05. в 14.00. В программе,среди прочего, Три песни Н.Я. 1941 года: "Боец молодой", "До свиданья, города и хаты", "Боевой приказ". Вторая вещь из трёх впервые исполняется на широкой публике. Это последний акапелльный хор Мясковского.
From: Malcolm J. Thomson. / e-mail / 04-05-2006 20:53:58
Sixty-0ne performances of Myaskovsky's compositions in 1931 outside the Soviet Union!!! It would seem to me that the 1930's and 1940's certainly was a GOLDEN AGE when it came to good music, not only classical but popular music as well. One has only to listen to the candidates for the Music Oscars each year and compare the winners of this era with those of an erlier age. This might also be part of the explanation why Myaskovsky and others are ignored by most of today's music listeners. Based upon the music in vogue today I would suggest this be known as the AGE OF MEDIOCRITY.
From: Blumenfeld / 03-05-2006 20:28:18
Seventy-five years ago, Nicolay Myaskovsky held, by far, the greatest number of performances of Soviet music presented outside of the Soviet Union. In an article published in Vienna in 1931, the Russian State Publishing House indicated that "Lately, there were some two hundred performances in foreign countries, among them sixty-one of compositions by Miaskovsky, thirty-eight by Shostakovich, fourteen by Goedicke, ten by Ippolitov-Ivanov, six by Vassilenko, five each by Knipper and Krein...." [as quoted in Boris Schwarz, Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia 1917-1970, p. 53]
From: Maciej Granat / e-mail / 03-05-2006 18:58:28
Yes, I heard it. I have the so called First Movement on my computer. Well, I don't know what it really is :) I can send it to you. Write on my e-mail. Maybe it's a different piece (not Myaskovsky's) that I don't recognize.
From: Георгий / e-mail / icq / 03-05-2006 17:06:50
Вниманию любителей: после моей недавней поездке в Москву я теперь обладаю записями всех фортепианных сонат и большинства струнных квартетов Н. Я. ...
Кстати, концерт, о котором упоминал Алексей Чернов, действительно был очень интересным.
From: Георгий / e-mail / icq / 03-05-2006 17:03:02
Уважаемые гости! На сайте "Русская академическая музыка" выложена целиком книга Васиной-Гроссман "Мастера советского романса" (1966). Первым в ряду имен следует, как и положено, имя Николая Яковлевича. За ним - Прокофьев, Ан. Александров, Шапорин, Кочуров, Шебалин, Шостакович, Свиридов. Адрес страницы: http://rus-aca-music.narod.ru/analit/sovromances.htm
From: Joop (NL) / 03-05-2006 15:07:36
Sketches for a Myaskovsky Piano Concerto? I don't think anyone has any knowledge of this. Sounds interesting... Did you actually hear it?
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