Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers

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kyjo

#80
In some sort of order:

Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev
Taneyev
Kabalevsky
Medtner
Juon*
Tchaikovsky (P.)
Rimsky-Korsakov
Borodin
Glière

*If Juon doesn't count (he was Russian-born but spent much of his life elsewhere), I'll replace him with Arensky.


This was a difficult one for me. I would've liked to include Weinberg since he composed a few works that are very dear to me, however a significant portion of his output leaves me rather cold. My omission of Shostakovich will doubtlessly raise eyebrows, and I fully recognize his greatness as a composer, however I'm rarely in the mood to listen to his music these days (aside from a few works). Glazunov is a composer who I'm constantly "flip-flopping" my opinion of (kinda like John with Delius ;)) - I would've doubtlessly included him a few months ago. I very much like what I've heard of Schnittke's and A. Tcherepnin's music but I feel like I'm not familiar with enough of their outputs to merit their inclusion here. I debated including Borodin simply because he composed so little music (same goes for Kalinnikov, who I would've loved to include), but I decided in favor of him since what he did write is so treasurable to me.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music" - Sergei Rachmaninoff

Symphonic Addict

In some sort of order:

1. Shostakovich
2. Prokofiev

Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninov
Glazunov
Taneyev
Rimsky-Korsakov
Kabalevsky
Glière (or Myaskovsky)
Stravinsky

Honorable mentions: B. Tchaikovsky and Weinberg.
As we acquire knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.

Albert Schweitzer

DavidW

I guess I'll try, I haven't been one for these list threads of late.

DSCH, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rach, Stravinsky

Those are my top tier.  I like other Russian composers for sure, but I wouldn't label them as favorite like those five.  I don't know if even Prokofiev counts since he is actually Ukrainian.

ritter

Well, in my case, there's Stravinsky, and then...Stravinsky, and...again, Stravinsky. Would also name Mussorgsky, Scriabin, and Prokofiev.

Ah, did I mention Stravinsky;D
ritter
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Pohjolas Daughter

Favorite Russian composers:

Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninoff
Shostakovich
Stravinsky
Prokofiev (now Ukraine)?
Mussorgsky
Borodin
Rimsky-Korsakov
?
?

PD

vandermolen

#85
Today's list:

Miaskovsky
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Weinberg (unless he counts as Polish) otherwise Popov
Glazunov
Rimsky-Korsakov
Rachmaninov
Kabalevsky
Gliere
Eshpai
"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).

Mirror Image

Today's list (for now):

Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Weinberg
Tchaikovsky
Stravinsky
Rachmaninov
Glazunov
Schnittke
Gubaidulina
Shchedrin
"Humility is society's greatest misconception."

My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók