Nikolai Myaskovsky Apr 19, 2022 16:48:21 GMT
Post by julesd68 on Apr 19, 2022 16:48:21 GMT
I found this article an excellent introduction to Nikolai Myaskovsky for newbies to his work like myself.
No wonder he was known as the "Father of the Soviet Symphony" having written 27 of them! He was awarded 5 Stalin prizes too but we won't hold that against him.
Previously never having heard any of his music to my knowledge, I was interested to find out what he was all about and started with this, his most highly regarded work it seems, Symphony 6, here with the excellent Neeme Jarvi and the Gothenburg Symphony.
Mon dieu, what a symphony and recording this is! And what a wonderful discovery for me - in the 1st movement the swirling, brooding ruminations sometimes remind me of Scriabin in its hypnotic and intoxicating dark themes, rhythms and colour, whilst in the more romantic moments there is a noticeable whiff of Rachmaninov. All of which means this heady Russian blend can only be a good thing.
There really is some **stunning** music in this symphony for my tastes and it's not all full on - just listen to the theme that starts at 3'47" in the 2nd Movement, culminating in the most sublime flute solo. Just gorgeous. The final movement starts with a celebratory theme, almost nursery rhyme in form, but it doesn't last long, only 2'30" until darkness descends once more ... Some astonishing climaxes with superlatively expressive and potent brass lead us to a choral finale which is most poignant and affecting.
Unbelievably, not only is there no upcoming performance of this work listed on Bachtrack anywhere in the world, there are no listings for ANY of his music, and yes I tried both spellings of his name. This is a bona fide frickin' scandal if really the case! Music of this quality must deserve an audience. I would absolutely love to see this symphony live with a top notch orchestra and will be on the look out from now.