Started by vandermolen, July 13, 2008, 02:43:48 PM
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Quote from: Dundonnell on July 13, 2008, 04:57:53 PMYou are, of course, quite correct in what you say about Miaskovsky, Jeffrey, so I shall take that as read.I agree too about Popov. It is unfortunate that Olympia did not get around to issuing recordings of Popov's 3rd and 4th symphonies before its demise. The other four are all interesting works. There is a Telarc version of No.1(London symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein) which i have not heard.Olympia did manage to issue a complete set of the Shebalin and his symphonies too are attractive and rewarding.Can I mention one or two others then-Boris Tchaikovsky(no relative) is an extremely impressive composer of obvious real integrity. I have managed to build up a collection of most of his major orchestral works-the four symphonies, the piano, violin, cello and clarinet concerti, and a considerable number of other pieces. Naxos has done him a service by recording Symphony No.1 coupled with two good pieces-the Suites "The Mourning Forest" and "After the Ball" and the piano and clarinet concerti. Chandos has issued Symphony No.3 "Sebastopol" and there is a really good Hyperion disc with the Chamber Symphony, Sinfonietta, Six Etudes for Strings and Organ and the Prelude "The Bells". Perhaps the best Symphony is No.2(coupled with No.4-Symphony with Harp on Relief or with some Khachaturian on Russian Disc).Boris certainly stands in the wake of Shostakovich but is no mere imitator and his music is being promoted by a Boris Tchaikovsky Society.Tishchenko I find to be uneven. I like Symphony No.5 and the Violin Concerto No.2(both following Shostakovich's model) but haven't been able to come to terms with Symphony No.1 or the huge Symphony No.6. Naxos has issued the Seventh Symphony-an odd work which mixes some impressive passages with others which are bizzarely grotesque. I have just acquired Tishchenko's first two Dante Symphonies but have not yet listened to them.Neeme Jarvi recorded Maximilian Steinberg's early Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. Steinberg(1883-1946) was Rimsky-Korsakov's son-in-law and Shostakovich's teacher. The first two symphonies did not strike me as particularly inspired but they were written while Steinberg was still in his twenties. He wrote three more(1928, 1933 and 1942-the last two using themes from the Russian Asiatic Republics) which might be interesting.I did recently manage to buy an ancient recording of Kabalevsky's 4th Symphony-a work which turned out to be better than I had anticipated!I haven't heard a note of the Soviet era composer Yuri Shaporin(1887-1966), who was once highly regarded but I do have a recording of Lev Knipper's Symphony No.4 "Poem of the Komsomol Fighter". Knipper(1898-1974) was, strictly speaking, Georgian rather than Russian but he did work under the Soviet regime. He produced twenty symphonies, many on patriotic subjects, which I doubt will now see the light of day!Ok..there are a few more names for you
Quote from: some guy on July 13, 2008, 03:00:46 PMGood idea, Vandermolen. It's still a bit of an effort to find Russian composers. Or Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian, et cetera. Even in 2008.
Quote from: Maciek on July 14, 2008, 03:14:54 PMDamn, might I be having a senior moment? )
Quote from: edward on July 15, 2008, 07:23:50 AMOne little-known Russian composer I find strangely fascinating is Alexei Stanchinsky, who produced a few piano works in what I suppose might be called a Bach-cum-Scriabinesque style before going insane and killing himself in his mid-20s. The second sonata (plus a four-voice canon) shows up in Thomas Ades' multi-composer recital on EMI, and there is also a rather tepid Marco Polo disc played by Daniel Blumenthal, and a more energetic (if perhaps lacking in subtlety) Etcetera recital from Nikolai Fefilov.Anyone else here heard this composer, and have an opinion?
Quote from: pjme on July 14, 2008, 02:40:10 PMAnd then there is Sergei Protopopov ...
Quote from: tab on July 15, 2008, 05:43:39 AMI can upload an archive with 4 pieces of Tarnopolsky recorded live. It's about 100 MB.
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