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« on: August 14, 2012, 06:03:14 pm »

Thank you indeed for sharing these rare recordings Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 09:47:38 pm »

Though I may respectfully disagree with the stylistic tastes of the people at 'Unsung Composers', I did like the way they partitioned discussion and download links. In the spirit of that arrangement...

Thank you Holger for the Rakov pieces. I don't know much of his work aside from several piano sonatinas that he composed. The only work of his that I've heard is a short piano concerto (no. 2) that Fyrexianoff has posted on Youtube. That work is pretty much the definition of lightness, clarity and is well-described by the comment that suggests a 'Russian Poulenc.'

After reading his bio on Wikipedia and noting the strict conservatism of his style, I find it rather interesting that Edison Denisov was one of his students, as he's one of the more boldly avant-garde composers to work in Russia during that time.



Bio at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Rakov

His music (including LPs) has also been cataloged at the following site:
http://home.wanadoo.nl/ovar/rakov.htm

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012, 06:54:31 pm »

Thanks for your feedback, both of you. I now finally come round to reply.

Rakov was quite a conservative composer indeed, even by Soviet standards. He had a short more advanced period in the early 1970s (though even then, his music was still not that modern - some neoclassicist influences, a freer approach to tonality but not really more), but later works indicate he finally returned to his roots.

Indeed, Denisov was one of his students, and so was Schnittke (and others like Boris Tchaikovsky, Andrei Eshpai, Nikolai Peiko or Karen Khatchaturian). As far as I know, Rakov was mainly busy with his music, I mean he was not really a public figure but just did his work, which was composing, teaching and conducting. Most probably, the conservativism of his style was due to his personal preferences, which doesn't necessarily imply consequences for his teaching activities.

I wouldn't call his music too distinctive, but it is definitely very nice, with strong Russian flavour, often rather memorable and always well-written. His First Symphony is one of his finest pieces in my view. Its key is D Major but Rakov really seems to be keen to avoid it. Actually, the first movement is mainly in B Minor, creating an elegiac mood. Also, the slow introduction of the finale is in D Minor - Major is only achieved when the fast main part is reached, though the coda challenges this a little again.

I have many more pieces by him and might provide one or the other for download in the future.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 01:59:21 pm »

Holger-- thanks for your reposting of :

Çary Nurymow (Chary Nurymov, 1941–1993)
Symphony No. 2 (1984)
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

This is a great work, and I've listened to it many times.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 01:26:11 am »

Thanks from me too for the Nurymov which I have enjoyed since you posted it on UC. The Chalayev is new to me but it is outstanding. Thank you for both of these great symphonies.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 10:06:09 pm »

Thanks, Sicmu, for the Akhiyan 1st Symphony. Do you have his Symphony No.2?
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2012, 11:34:55 pm »

Thanks, Sicmu, for the Akhiyan 1st Symphony. Do you have his Symphony No.2?

It's on UC.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 12:17:14 am »

Thanks, Sicmu, for the Akhiyan 1st Symphony. Do you have his Symphony No.2?

It's on UC.

Thank you very much. The first time I read your post I read it as Symphony No.2 "Trombone Symphony" and completely missed the ";" inbetween.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 11:27:33 am »

I read it as Symphony No.2 "Trombone Symphony"

Wishful thinking? Wink

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2012, 02:23:29 pm »

Vladimir Vladimirovich Shcherbachov (1887 to 1952) - his Nonet for flute, harp, pianoforte, string quartet., female voice, and mime-dancer (textless, 1919)

What a very fine piece this is indeed! I listened to it immediately a second time.

Do we know anything of the recording - who the performers are, particularly the pianist (who has the lion's share of the slow movement)?
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2012, 07:37:03 pm »

You need a Swede I think. Or I seem to remember that at the time - around 2007 - the same concert was also broadcast on BBC "Through the Night." Perhaps there is still a "play-list" of that somewhere?
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2012, 07:54:07 pm »

I haven't downloaded this performance because I think I have the same: German Deutschlandradio has broadcast this concert, too. It took place 18 October 2004 in the Estonia Concert Hall, Tallin. Anu Komsi was the soprano and the NYDD Ensemble was directed by Olari Elts. The performance took 32 minutes. But if you like I will download the file later. My Swedish isn't perfect but it works.
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2012, 10:21:56 pm »

I'd be greatly in your debt, if you happen to find the time Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2012, 01:00:34 am »

Yes, it was from the same concert. This is from the website of the NYYD Ensemble:

18. oktoober 2004 kell 19.00 Estonia Kontserdisaal
EBU kontserdisari DISCOVERIES
PRE-BRAINWASH
NYYD Ensemble. Dirigent Olari Elts, solist Anu Komsi (sopran, Soome)

Sergei Prokofjev           - Overture on Hebrew Themes op 34
Vladimir Štšerbatšov    - Nonett
Mihhail Gnessin            - Adõgeja sekstett
Aleksander Mossolov/
Edisson Denissov         - Three Children’s Scenes op 18
                                     - Four Newspaper Ads op21
Nikolai Roslavets          - Chamber Symphony

The Swedish announcer gives the following soloist:

Anu Komsi, soprano
Mihkel Peäske, flute
Marrit Gerretz-Traksman, piano
Eda Peäske, harp

He gives 1920 as the date of composition.
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2012, 09:09:32 am »

Thank you very kindly for uploading that information Smiley
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