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Re: Nikolay Miaskovsky (1881-1950)
« Reply #780 on: August 11, 2021, 02:36:39 AM »
I was just reading BBC Music Magazine and was pleased to read that NYM is their featured 'Composer of the Month' in their October issue.

Very nice, Jeffrey!

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« Reply #781 on: August 11, 2021, 03:18:11 AM »
This thread bump has inspired me to listen to the 5th Symphony today. I'd forgotten how melodic the opening movement is. It wouldn't be out of place in a Dvorak symphony.

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« Reply #782 on: August 11, 2021, 08:55:34 PM »
This thread bump has inspired me to listen to the 5th Symphony today. I'd forgotten how melodic the opening movement is. It wouldn't be out of place in a Dvorak symphony.
Yes, I think that's true. I rarely listen to No.5 although it's one of the more popular ones.
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« Reply #783 on: August 11, 2021, 11:58:09 PM »
I was just reading BBC Music Magazine and was pleased to read that NYM is their featured 'Composer of the Month' in the October issue.

Did you make any contribution, Jeffrey?
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« Reply #784 on: August 12, 2021, 12:04:43 AM »
Did you make any contribution, Jeffrey?
Sadly not Fergus! Was unaware that he was being featured. Thanks for asking.
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« Reply #785 on: August 12, 2021, 12:10:01 AM »
Sadly not Fergus! Was unaware that he was being featured. Thanks for asking.

Had you done so I would have bought it.
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« Reply #786 on: August 12, 2021, 05:50:01 AM »
Had you done so I would have bought it.
Haha, sweet of you to say that Fergus! You never know, I might do an 'I know best'-type follow-up letter!  ;D
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« Reply #787 on: August 12, 2021, 06:05:22 AM »
Haha, sweet of you to say that Fergus! You never know, I might do an 'I know best'-type follow-up letter!  ;D

Go for it, Jeffrey! We have every confidence in you  ;)
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« Reply #788 on: August 12, 2021, 06:11:57 AM »
Go for it, Jeffrey! We have every confidence in you  ;)
I'll keep you posted Fergus!  8)
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« Reply #789 on: August 12, 2021, 06:15:07 AM »
I'll keep you posted Fergus!  8)

As we say in Ireland, Jeffrey, good man!  :)
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« Reply #790 on: August 12, 2021, 08:26:01 AM »
As we say in Ireland, Jeffrey, good man!  :)

And so say all of us!
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Re: Nikolay Miaskovsky (1881-1950)
« Reply #791 on: August 12, 2021, 10:43:09 AM »
As Gaeilge, maith an fear  :)

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« Reply #792 on: August 16, 2021, 06:25:38 AM »
As Gaeilge, maith an fear  :)

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I will raise a glass of the "black stuff" to that.
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« Reply #793 on: August 17, 2021, 11:01:48 PM »
Listening to Symphony No. 23 now, and parts of the opening movement remind me a lot of the opening movement of Respighi's Fountains of Rome.

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« Reply #794 on: August 17, 2021, 11:55:55 PM »
Listening to Symphony No. 23 now, and parts of the opening movement remind me a lot of the opening movement of Respighi's Fountains of Rome.
Interesting point - it's one of the most approachable I think.
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Re: Nikolay Miaskovsky (1881-1950)
« Reply #795 on: November 17, 2021, 10:26:28 AM »
From WAYLTN thread:
Miaskovsky: Symphony No.17 (1936-37)
USSR Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Gauk.
One of NYM's greatest symphonies I think and this is a fine performance. This symphony was written at the height of the Stalinist Purges (1936-37) and yet NYM, whilst, to some extent, conforming to socialist-realist musical expectations, maintains his artistic integrity. The slow movement is one of his finest. I find the ostensibly triumphant ending to be oddly defiant and very moving:

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« Reply #796 on: November 18, 2021, 02:48:12 PM »
Yes, oh a majestic utterance by Myaskovsky, Jeffrey. His noble and heroic veins interweave rather well. I don't know that recording, but I don't doubt it is powerful.
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« Reply #797 on: November 18, 2021, 04:33:49 PM »
I think I should listen to the 24th, I've always liked this symphony. If I remember correctly, it ends in relative calm and soulfulness. Closing moments like those in works like that are very touching in my personal view.
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« Reply #798 on: November 18, 2021, 05:00:48 PM »
This is just a small post to tell you all that I really enjoyed Symphony No. 16.  Very good dramatic symphonic structure.  It reminded me of Bax in a way.  Very enjoyable.
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« Reply #799 on: November 18, 2021, 06:26:38 PM »
This is just a small post to tell you all that I really enjoyed Symphony No. 16.  Very good dramatic symphonic structure.  It reminded me of Bax in a way.  Very enjoyable.

I remember the 3rd movement being quite special, poignant and eventually tragic. Another I need to revisit.
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