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From: Georgi, St. Petersburg (Leningrad) / e-mail / 17-09-2004 16:56:10
Dear Mr. Barr!
I really share your admiration of Myaskovsky's Cello Concerto (I have the record with Nathalie Gutman and Svetlanov as a conductor). It is one of the most beautiful pieces of 20th century music.
If you prefer melodious music for the most part I could recommend you Sinfoniettas for String Orchestra in B minor (http://www.myaskovsky.ru/?id=4&id1=0&id2=39&sf=0&so=0) and A minor (http://www.myaskovsky.ru/?id=4&id1=0&id2=79&sf=0&so=0).
It’s really wonderful how the composer limited by string instruments and remaining within the bounds of traditional harmony has created so vivid music, due to his superb technique.
At the site ‘Russian academic music’ (http://rus-aca-music.narod.ru/Myask_noty.htm) you could get the scores of 10th and 13th Myaskovsky’s symphonies, Madrigal, suite of for voice and piano, and all the Myaskovsky piano sonatas.
From: Adrian Barr / e-mail / 17-09-2004 14:27:12
I wonder if the site administrator could provide a list of say, the half-dozen or so indispensible Miaskovsky pieces from the repitoire. I would be interested to hear.
Spasibo za pomoch,
From: Ãåîðãèé / e-mail / 16-09-2004 15:11:23
Dear Mr. Hannes!
I have the scanned version of 'Soviet composers' dictionary (printed in Moscow, 1957). There is an article about Vissarion Shebalin in that dictionary, and the list of his works at the end of the article (with the years of creation). I don't think it's absolutely full, but it should contain all the big works at least...
You could communicate with me through my e-mail if you want.
From: Adrian Barr / e-mail / 16-09-2004 14:50:12
The more Miaskovsky I listen to, the further I fall in love. Just bought the Pletnev/Maisky recording of the cello concerto and it's superb. Nice to see a good Russian presence on the site. I teach art history/philosophy by trade, and specialise in Russian art. Have spent a lot of time in Moscow, on scholarships and visits, and in all my time of concert-going there, I never heard a Miaskovsky piece performed. Is he also almost unknown in Russia?? The Russians I know have 'heard of him', but that's all...
Unfortunately, you are right. Myaskovsky is very rare in Russia. However last year there were some concerts: N.Gutman played the second cello sonata in Moscow and St.Petersburg, Borodin Quartet performed the String Quartet N 13, G.Rozhdestvensky with Polyansky orchestra performed "Kremlin at night", M.Lidsky played piano sonatas.
We hope that this site will be a contribution to the memory of N.Myaskovsky and will help to remind people of this greatly underestimated composer.
From: Hannes, Germany / 15-09-2004 16:03:27
Wonderful web-site! Have You information about one Mjaskovsky's student - Schebalin? I need full catalog of his works. I have not e-mail at present. Can you help me?
We would be happy to help you, but we need at least some address to communicate with you.
From: Richard / 09-09-2004 21:46:48
A wonderful composer, vastly underrated & underheard (at least in the United States).
From: Matt Peebles / e-mail / 07-09-2004 02:44:04
Hi. I'm trying to find the sheet music for Myaskovsky's Quartets No.7 and 8. I have been researching all summer, and I can't find any current publishers...Any help would be appreciated...please email me. Thanks.
From: Administrator / 14-08-2004 11:51:16
We appreciate greatly all comments you post on our site.
Unfortunately we don't have the resources to translate all the posts from the Guest Book. We try, however, to update other sections of the site (excluding Articles) both in Russian and English.
If anybody has any information on the events, concerts, recordings, etc. related to
N. Myaskovsky's music, please let us know.
All the best.
From: george from oxford / e-mail / 14-08-2004 00:23:52
Greetings to all the Russians who have commented below.
Like Joop from the Netherlands , I can't read Russian, but I think that my experience is similar to Joop's; I discovered Miaskovsky through a music teacher Alistair Sampson at my school, Eton (yes that Eton) , the late 1970s. From that moment I tried to get my hands on as many Miaskovsky records as I could.
There used to be a record shop in Twickenham that specialised in Eastern Bloc imports - one time I saved up for months, made a special pilgrimage there and spent about fifty pounds (this was in 1980, when fifty pounds was a lot of money).
My most treasured Miakovsky recording is the 15th symphony, which I think is the finest and most lyrical piece of music from the entire 20th century, narrowly beating my other favourites from Maurice Ravel, John Ireland and Herbert Howells.
I am also fond of the Festive Poem by Yevgeni Svetlanov, who gave so much to recordings of Miaskovsky's work.
All the best,
From: Joop ten Anker (NL) / e-mail / 31-07-2004 14:42:37
Pity I can´t read Russian, so all these previous messages evade me... a translation would be helpful!
Once I heard old Nikolai's 5th symphony way back in the early eighties (in the Konstantin Ivanov recording on Melodiya) I was haunted, especially by that icy slow movement which is one of this greatest achievements. Let no-one say that this composer is boring! It's just that he needs more listening before his many secrets are unfolded to the listener.
For years I have collected all Myaskovsky's available works on LPs and CDs, including all symphonies (thanks to the late Yevgeny Svetlanov), string quartets and piano sonates. Unfortunelaty a lot of these recordings are currently deleted from the catalogues. I'm even wondering whether Olympia will ever complete their symphony project... luckily I have them all via Russian Disc.
Recently some famous conductors like Neeme Jaarvi (6th symphony) and Valeri Gergiev (Violin concerto with Vadim Repin) took some interest, but there is still much to be desired...
I think the 3th, 5th, 6th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22th, 24th and 27th symphonies and the Cello concerto are among the great masterpieces of our time, and many other works by Myaskovsky are well worth listening to.
There is much to be done for Myaskovsky's cause.
I wish your website loads of succes!
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