Author Topic: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)  (Read 2103 times)

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Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« on: September 25, 2017, 04:41:04 PM »
In with the confession: I've never heard a note of Gretchaninov's music. Where do I start? He seems to have been very prolific.

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Re: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 08:09:39 PM »
I've listened to the 4 masses, the 5 symphonies, and the cello concerto. The symphonies are pretty good, with a 'Tchaikovskian' influence. You could start with them. The mass I recall the most is the 'Missa oecumenica'. Also, I've heard the cello sonata, but it's not so memorable.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 08:20:20 PM »










Those are great or at least decent performances.

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Re: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 10:43:47 PM »
Symphony 4 is my recommendation.
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Re: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 11:45:47 PM »










Those are great or at least decent performances.

Seconded.

For his chamber music which imho is excellent, try these:



Also recommended, his a cappella Easter sacred music.



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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 02:04:08 PM »
Seconded.

For his chamber music which imho is excellent, try these:



Also recommended, his a cappella Easter sacred music.



I have all those CDs (except the viola one), which I need to listen soon.

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Re: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2018, 12:00:40 AM »
Am enjoying Symphony 4 (CD pictured above). It was composed in 1927 but sounds like it was composed much earlier.
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Re: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2018, 05:58:09 AM »
The only work I know of his is the First Symphony, which I found to be rather generic and unmemorable. Must give some of his other works a spin.
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Re: Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2018, 06:18:09 AM »
The only work I know of his is the First Symphony, which I found to be rather generic and unmemorable. Must give some of his other works a spin.
The Chandos CD with Symphony 4 on has the Missa Festiva choral work which I enjoyed more than expected.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).