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From: Joop (NL) / 24-03-2006 14:03:45
Since String Quartet #12 and Symphony #5 were the very first Myaskovsky compositons I ever came across, way back in the 80s, they have a special place in my heart.
But - I hesitate to come forward with this in this forum of Myaskovsky aficionados - I loath Symphony #12. One of his most embarrassing failures. Now... shoot me...

From: Georgy / e-mail / 24-03-2006 11:03:25
And what about the 5th symphony? In 1920s that was the most popular Myaskovsky's work....

From: Georgy / e-mail / 24-03-2006 11:01:31
(Here is a list of my favourite Miaskovsky compositions: Cello Concerto, Cello Sonata No 2, Lyric Concerto, symphonies 3,6,8,11,12,15,16,17,21,23, 24,25,27, Violin Concerto, String Quartet 13. Any other suggestions?) - What about any piano sonatas and romances?

From: Blumenfeld / 24-03-2006 04:58:58
In addition to many of the works you have listed, I also enjoy all the string quartets, recorded by the Taneyev Quartet on Russian Disc. Some of them are currently available (1 & 4; 7 & 8) at online music stores, at rather exorbitant prices compared to a few years ago, but they are worth it.
The Russian Revelation CD combining symphonies 2 and 22 (Rozhdentvensky and Svetlanov) may not have the best sound quality but it remains one of my favorites. The Symphonic Ballad, as the one movement symphony no.22 is called, is very different from the mellow romanticism of no.21 and, yet, no less fascinating.

From: Jeffrey Davis / e-mail / 23-03-2006 18:29:33
Here is a list of my favourite Miaskovsky compositions: Cello Concerto, Cello Sonata No 2, Lyric Concerto, symphonies 3,6,8,11,12,15,16,17,21,23, 24,25,27, Violin Concerto, String Quartet 13. Any other suggestions?

From: Георгий / e-mail / 23-03-2006 14:13:03
На сайте "Русская академическая музыка" выложена книга И. Ф. Кунина "Мясковский" ---- http://rus-aca-music.narod.ru/analit/kunin.htm

From: Blumenfeld / 22-03-2006 15:11:15
I understand such musicological characterization, i.e. the "gloom and doom" of Myaskovsky's style of composition, as a subjective aesthetic preconception, possibly derived from one's national culture. It is not useful to the open-minded listener who, like you, becomes increasingly attracted to the full range of a composer's musical language, his "public" personality as it voiced over time. (For instance, it does not strike me as very professional for such an expert to speak of Janis Ivanovs as some kind of a "Myaskovsky on valium"). If I read these CD reviews online, it is mainly to find out if there exists a consensus about the quality of a recording. But it is nevertheless striking to observe the differing aesthetic criteria and how they yield different recommendations with respect to a "good" or an "excellent" piece of music or how an orchestra "should" play a given composer.

From: Georgi / e-mail / 22-03-2006 11:19:34
(I find his music to be majestic and tender) - That's just about his greatest work - the 6th symphony.

From: Malcolm J. Thomson / 21-03-2006 22:11:23
A few days ago I received a copy of Myaskovsky's Symphony No.1 as part of my effort to build a collection of his recorded symphonies. Having listened to it a number of times I must say that I am both delighted and impressed. Especially noteworthy is that he composed this work while still a student at the St. Petersberg Conservatory, yet it exhibits a maturity and tonal quality that is quite amazing and displays those musical attributes that were to be fully expressed in his later works. As I am by no means a qualified musicologist I cannot comment as to whether it meets the "required" compositional format so often argued by thosed termed to be EXPERTS in such matters, all I knbow is that listening to this work (and most of his other symphonies), I derive a feeling of great joy and serenity and I rather suspect that these same emotions are shared by the vast majority of those who love and admire his music. Rather than the doom and gloom generally associated with Myaskovsky by his critics, I find his music to be majestic and tender, leaving me with a feeling of contentment and great appreciation for his genius.

From: Joop (NL) / 18-03-2006 12:52:52
The tragic event that prompted a funeral march as the slow movement of symphony #16 was the crash of the giant plane Maxim Gorky in 1935.

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