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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers
« Reply #540 on: June 14, 2022, 01:29:20 PM »
Hi John.
A Hyperion disc with the Chamber Symphony etc
Naxos - Symphony No.1
Russian Disc - Symphony No.2 (+ I have another recording featuring Symphony No.2)
+ this one


Alright, thanks, Jeffrey. Like you, I own two recordings of the 2nd symphony. I own around 12 recordings of his music, but I added some more today, which I'll post in the 'Purchases' thread momentarily. ;)
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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers
« Reply #541 on: June 14, 2022, 01:33:07 PM »
Alright, thanks, Jeffrey. Like you, I own two recordings of the 2nd symphony. I own around 12 recordings of his music, but I added some more today, which I'll post in the 'Purchases' thread momentarily. ;)
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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers
« Reply #542 on: July 03, 2022, 02:29:08 PM »
Concerning Alexander Nemtin, who spent 30 years with the sketches and outlines for Scriabin's unfinished Prefatory Action and produced the nearly 3-hour Mysterium: apparently someone published a study of his Concerto for Organ 18-months ago.

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...Nemtin’s own musical compositions are much less known to musicians or music lovers. They are written mostly in a traditional style, with predominantly diationic harmonies, their textures follow the vein of Romantic instrumental music with a very moderate implementation of neoclassical and more modernist elements of 20th century music.

Among them is a large-scale work, titled the Concerto for Organ, which was composed in 1963. This composition is for solo organ, although in the large scale of its instrumental texture and the six varied movements comprising its overall formal design, it validates its somewhat extraordinary title. The Concerto for Organ is characterized by extended diatonic harmonies complemented with a large number of dissonant sonorities.

It contains a dialogue with the Baroque style and elements of stylization in the vein of Bach and other Baroque composers. Stylization in the Concerto for Organ is expressed most visibly by its adherence to the genres of the Baroque period – preludes, canons, chorales, arias, ricercars and fugues. Nemtin’s Concerto follows an extended tradition of lengthy and massive works for solo organ and organ with orchestra.

Its academic formal qualities, broad use of contrapuntal techniques and adherence to well-known Baroque genres makes it aesthetically closer to the German organ tradition.

In his instrumental composition of a large-scale genre Alexander Nemtin demonstrated himself as a master of large-scale form capable of thinking in categories of massive dramaturgy and philosophic thought. He has established his place in music history not only be creating the completed version of Scriabin’sPrefatory Action,” but also with his own musical compositions which continue the tradition of orchestral, vocal and chamber instrumental music by 20th century Russian composers...



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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers: Svetlanov Symphony
« Reply #543 on: September 10, 2022, 02:22:04 PM »
The YouTube channel known for rarities has somehow come across the score and a recording of Yevgeny Svetlanov's Symphony from 1954.

I am listening to the  First Movement now: it sounds very Russian in the 19th-century sense.


<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/v_1gnQooK7I" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/v_1gnQooK7I</a>
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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers: Svetlanov Symphony
« Reply #544 on: September 10, 2022, 11:22:26 PM »
The YouTube channel known for rarities has somehow come across the score and a recording of Yevgeny Svetlanov's Symphony from 1954.

I am listening to the  First Movement now: it sounds very Russian in the 19th-century sense.


<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/v_1gnQooK7I" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/v_1gnQooK7I</a>
It also features in the Brilliant Svetlanov set Leo.
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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers: Svetlanov Symphony
« Reply #545 on: September 11, 2022, 05:38:00 AM »
It also features in the Brilliant Svetlanov set Leo.

Aha!  I will investigate!  Many thanks!

YouTube also offers this tone-poem by Svetlanov:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/-29dXY3ZvKI" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/-29dXY3ZvKI</a>

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Re: Lesser known Russian/Soviet composers: Svetlanov Symphony
« Reply #546 on: September 12, 2022, 08:46:06 PM »
Aha!  I will investigate!  Many thanks!

YouTube also offers this tone-poem by Svetlanov:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/-29dXY3ZvKI" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/-29dXY3ZvKI</a>
Disc 9 and 10 Leo - you also get the symphonies by Boiko and NYM thrown it + much more:

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