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MUSIC OF ALL ERAS => Books about composers and music => Topic started by: M. Yaskovsky on August 23, 2021, 01:52:12 pm



Title: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: M. Yaskovsky on August 23, 2021, 01:52:12 pm
New book by Patrick Zuk on Nikolay Myaskovsky available at https://boydellandbrewer.com/9781783275755/nikolay-myaskovsky/

Zuk's account depicts the composer and his milieu against the backdrop of his turbulenttimes, examining his involvement with Soviet musical institutions and his relationships with Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and other notable musicians. The portrait is far removed from Cold War clichés of the regimented Soviet artist or sentimental stereotypes of persecuted genius. Myaskovsky emerges as a man who displayed remarkable courage and integrity in the face of many pressures. The book also brings into focus the distinctive nature of Myaskovsky's creative achievement and affirms his stature as a leading symphonist of the era.
 


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: dhibbard on August 23, 2021, 05:31:33 pm
I think that David Hollingsworth would be interested in this book.   He is a member of this forum.


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Lionel Harrison on August 23, 2021, 10:10:18 pm
I wish I knew where to start with Myaskovsky. I have versions of the Cello Concerto by both Mstislav Rostropovich and Truls Mørk, although I really love the Violin Concerto too and have a Melodiya LP of it with Grigori Feigin and Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Dmitriev. However, where to start with all those symphonies? And thirteen string quartets, is it? Maybe I'm too old and should give up on the idea but I've always loved Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glazunov and hordes of otther Russian composers of the romantic era and so I'm sure I'm missing out by not investigating Myaskovsky's symphonies. Any suggestions as to which ines to start with, folks?


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: christopher on August 24, 2021, 12:43:58 pm
Without question number 21 - above and beyond the most atmospheric of all of them.  Chills down the spine.

I love the Gould - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClBye4q8A7c (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClBye4q8A7c) and the Ormandy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU8Benx2l2U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU8Benx2l2U)


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Lionel Harrison on August 24, 2021, 12:48:16 pm
Without question number 21 - above and beyond the most atmospheric of all of them.  Chills down the spine.


Thank you very much, Christopher. I shall take up that suggestion. :)


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: M. Yaskovsky on August 24, 2021, 02:07:50 pm
The 21st is an excellent introduction. You could consider the 6th, which is, with or without choral end, a stunner. Take Jarvi with the Gothenburg forces. The 27th needs attention too. The 17th is worth your time: composed at the height of the Great Terror, its idiom seems a little more extroverted than usual, Rachmaninov crossed with Khachaturian perhaps. The epic slow movement will be a must for listeners with a sweet tooth! No 22, called a 'symphonic ballad' is my favourite. Try Svetlanov's readings.


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Lionel Harrison on August 24, 2021, 02:13:36 pm
The 21st is an excellent introduction. You could consider the 6th, which is, with or without choral end, a stunner. Take Jarvi with the Gothenburg forces. The 27th needs attention too. The 17th is worth your time: composed at the height of the Great Terror, its idiom seems a little more extroverted than usual, Rachmaninov crossed with Khachaturian perhaps. The epic slow movement will be a must for listeners with a sweet tooth! No 22, called a 'symphonic ballad' is my favourite. Try Svetlanov's readings.

Thank you kindly. That seems like enough to get me started. I do have a sweet tooth!


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Jeff on August 24, 2021, 11:51:07 pm
No 6 is my choice too.


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Lionel Harrison on August 25, 2021, 07:59:10 am
No 6 is my choice too.

Thank you, Jeff. That'll be next, then!


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: rkhenderson on August 25, 2021, 12:46:01 pm
I'd also recommend these two very beautiful movements arranged for strings from Myaskovsky symphony no. 19 (originally for wind):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E68o0xf0evA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E68o0xf0evA)


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Lionel Harrison on August 25, 2021, 01:44:38 pm
I'd also recommend these two very beautiful movements arranged for strings from Myaskovsky symphony no. 19 (originally for wind):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E68o0xf0evA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E68o0xf0evA)


Thank you for taking the trouble to point me in the right direction!


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Jeff on August 27, 2021, 07:00:58 am
The cello sonatas are lovely too,very wistful.


Title: Re: Nikolay Myaskovsky A Composer and His Times
Post by: Lionel Harrison on August 27, 2021, 10:34:09 am
The cello sonatas are lovely too,very wistful.

Agreed; as well as recordings of Rostropovich playing the second with Alexander Dedyukhin, I have Pavel Gomziakov (cello) and Andrei Korobeinikov (piano) playing both of them.