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Offline kyjo

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #80 on: September 20, 2021, 06:35:34 AM »
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.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #81 on: September 20, 2021, 04:42:04 PM »
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.
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #82 on: September 21, 2021, 02:53:14 AM »
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.

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #83 on: September 21, 2021, 04:06:14 AM »
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
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #84 on: September 21, 2021, 04:59:40 AM »
Favorite Russian composers:

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

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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #85 on: September 21, 2021, 06:00:44 AM »
Today's list:

Miaskovsky
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Weinberg (unless he counts as Polish) otherwise Popov
Glazunov
Rimsky-Korsakov
Rachmaninov
Kabalevsky
Gliere
Eshpai
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Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Russian Composers
« Reply #86 on: September 27, 2021, 05:29:53 AM »
Today's list (for now):

Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Weinberg
Tchaikovsky
Stravinsky
Rachmaninov
Glazunov
Schnittke
Gubaidulina
Shchedrin
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