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Re: Gavriil Popov 1904-1972
« Reply #60 on: August 20, 2013, 03:08:33 PM »
There is so much to discover, that it is sometimes difficult not to run around like a loon pointing at stuff and being excited. At the same time, more than ever before, I am aware of how little I know. This is rarely a bad thing, as humility is a useful trait.

Thanks. :) Yes, this forum is positively bursting with activity, especially with my jabberwocky self constantly hanging around! :D

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« Reply #61 on: August 22, 2013, 05:34:33 PM »
Just out of curiosity, does anybody know exactly how unfinished Popov's seventh symphony is?

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« Reply #62 on: January 16, 2019, 04:55:55 PM »
This is a very fine new recording of Popov's excellent Symphony No. 1. 

https://music.yandex.ru/album/4778394

I'm sure anyone viewing this page is already familiar with this work, but it is sort of like a 45 minute sprawling version of Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy as interpreted by Shostakovich.  In fact, it uses similar orchestral forces such as 4.4.4.4/8.4.3.1/2timp+5perc (minimum)/2 harps, celesta, strings.  What's not to like?  This new recording is from a live performance and played flawlessly, full of details, very good intensity *cough* not Leon Botstein *cough*, and well performed/recorded.

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« Reply #63 on: January 16, 2019, 05:55:40 PM »
That makes 3 versions of the 1st symphony, then. I wish this Exton release was available on cd (appears to be mp3 only).

Meanwhile, the 4th symphony (choral) seems never to have been recorded.

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« Reply #64 on: January 17, 2019, 07:08:48 AM »
That makes 3 versions of the 1st symphony, then. I wish this Exton release was available on cd (appears to be mp3 only).

Meanwhile, the 4th symphony (choral) seems never to have been recorded.

I think this is the fourth recording.  Others are:
* Leon Botstein
* Alexander Titov
* Gennady Provatorov
* This new one

Hopefully No. 4 gets a premiere recording soon and I would love the unfinished No. 7 too.

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« Reply #65 on: January 17, 2019, 07:11:32 AM »
You’re right. I didn’t know about the Titov recording.

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« Reply #66 on: January 18, 2019, 07:45:28 AM »
and I would love the unfinished No. 7 too.

Depends how finished it is, I guess. Or would you want someone to make a completion/performing version of the symphony?

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« Reply #67 on: January 18, 2019, 08:46:51 AM »
Depends how finished it is, I guess. Or would you want someone to make a completion/performing version of the symphony?

I wouldn't mind a completion but you're right, depends to what extent/quality the score is.  I've seen some incomplete works where at least one movement is fully completed but the second is barely there - just an idea or two.  The first movement should be heard.  But the second would really be the work of someone else taking an idea from the original composer which is probably less interesting to me unless they had some understanding of what was intended (eg: Bruckner 9th 4th movement).  Of course Mahler is the great example of work that was practically complete that not entirely orchestrated and was very convincingly completed into a performance version. 

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« Reply #68 on: March 07, 2019, 12:07:38 PM »
I've been revisiting the recorded symphonies (I really miss a recording of the 4th!), and I'm pretty impressed (again) by them. Popov was noticeably creative and gifted of an unquestionable musical talent. At least I haven't heard any weak symphony by him. Now I'm finishing listening to the 5th Pastoral. It's just brilliant, and as its title says, it has a pastoral mood, blended with some late-romantic passages of important beauty and heroic moments. Something to notice too is the fine orchestration that conveys the colourful canvas in all its splendour. It's easily a masterpiece imho.

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« Reply #69 on: March 07, 2019, 02:26:30 PM »
I've been revisiting the recorded symphonies (I really miss a recording of the 4th!), and I'm pretty impressed (again) by them. Popov was noticeably creative and gifted of an unquestionable musical talent. At least I haven't heard any weak symphony by him. Now I'm finishing listening to the 5th Pastoral. It's just brilliant, and as its title says, it has a pastoral mood, blended with some late-romantic passages of important beauty and heroic moments. Something to notice too is the fine orchestration that conveys the colourful canvas in all its splendour. It's easily a masterpiece imho.
Don't know the 'Pastoral' so well but I have the strongest opinion of 1, especially the Olympia recording, 2 'Motherland' and 6. All terrific IMO.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #70 on: March 07, 2019, 05:39:51 PM »
Don't know the 'Pastoral' so well but I have the strongest opinion of 1, especially the Olympia recording, 2 'Motherland' and 6. All terrific IMO.

The 6th is next, but tomorrow, so I'll listen to it with great pleasure and very open ears  :)

Even the tumultuous and dense 3rd Symphony for strings is spellbinding. I didn't recall it so powerful and eloquent. Popov has been an important rediscovery lately.

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« Reply #71 on: March 07, 2019, 11:41:00 PM »
The 6th is next, but tomorrow, so I'll listen to it with great pleasure and very open ears  :)

Even the tumultuous and dense 3rd Symphony for strings is spellbinding. I didn't recall it so powerful and eloquent. Popov has been an important rediscovery lately.

The 6th quotes movingly from Boris Godunov I think. The symphony tries to be 'Festive' but IMO is rather tragic - like Nielsen's 6th Symphony. Hope you enjoy it Cesar.
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