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« on: June 23, 2013, 09:01:28 am »

Holger explained this to me as follows

'His Symphony No. 1 is "My Ukraine", but when he composed it he first called it "Symphony-Cantata" only. He even received a Stalin prize for this piece as I remember. However, for years, he did not count it as part of his official symphonic cycle.

Some years later, he composed an orchestral work in four movements which he called "Symphonic Tales". It was recorded on a Melodiya LP. However, it seems that at the end of the 1950s or so, he suddenly decided to call this piece "Symphony No. 1".

The String Symphony which came afterwards was then No. 2, the Kiev Symphony from 1972 No. 3 and so on.

However, as he got older, he finally decided to include "My Ukraine" in his cycle of numbered symphonies and counted it as No. 1 according to the chronology. Therefore, the number of all his other symphonies increased by 1.

Clearly, all this lead to an enormous chaos. So in fact, all his symphonies but No. 5 have been recorded on Melodiya LPs, but "My Ukraine" still doesn't have a number on the LP, the Kiev one is called No. 3 and the strings one No. 2. Moreover, the final No. 2 (the Fairy Tales Symphony) isn't even labled "symphony" on the Melodiya it was recorded on!'

No. 1 - My Ukraine
No. 2 - Fairy Tales (formerly "Symphony Tales" only)
No. 3 - To the Memory of a Friend, for Strings
No. 4 - Kiev
No. 5 - Komsomol
No. 6 - Biographical
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