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Symphony 27 / Cello Concerto

N. Myaskovsky Audio CD
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listen  1. Symphony No. 27 in C Minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio - Allegro animatoRussian State Symphony Orchestra14:11Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 27 in C Minor, Op. 85: II. AdagioRussian State Symphony Orchestra13:52Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 27 in C Minor, Op. 85: III. Presto ma non troppoRussian State Symphony Orchestra 7:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cello Concerto in C Minor, Op. 66: I. Lento ma non troppoAlexander Ivashkin12:10Album Only
listen  5. Cello Concerto in C Minor, Op. 66: II. Allegro vivaceAlexander Ivashkin19:29Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00006JK98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double standards for Myaskovsky? February 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In most customer reviews of twentieth-century American symphonies previously issued by Naxos (Creston, Rorem, Piston, etc.), emphasis is rightfully placed on how underrated composers and their symphonies have finally found an audience. Very positively, reviewers rate these new items with five stars on the basis of a composer's solid symphonic contributions to Americana and of the intrinsic achievements of conductors and orchestras from Albany, New York, to the Ukraine.

I discern a somewhat different approach for foreign composer Nikolay Myakovsky and several of his symphonies, including his last one, the 27th, currently available only (or mainly) on Chandos. Notwithstanding Myaskovsky's contagious lyricism and his undeniable experience as the author of so many symphonies (six or seven times more than the above mentioned composers), assessment of his recordings are all too often scaled down by one or two stars because: he did not fully develop a promising theme; the orchestra does not quite measure up to the historical performance of one of Russia's foremost orchestras; the conductor did not completely emulate a great maestro; the cellist had the difficult task of performing in the shadow of the great Mstislav Rostropovich, and so forth.

But what about the intrinsic qualities and strengths of this Chandos recording? Conductor Valeri Polyansky perfectly succeeds in guiding the Russian State Symphony Orchestra from the two, lyrical and dramatic themes, of the first movement, through the elegiac heights of the symphony's adagio --one of Myaskovsky's most beautiful symphonic adagios-- on to "the dramatic clash of opposing and irreconcilable forces" of the third movement and its finale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Disc May 30, 2006
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Nikolay Myaskovsky was a pupil of Gliere, Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov, which is apparent in the Symphony No. 27 as it looks back to the music of the 19th century. The music, however much it recalls The Mighty Handful, belongs to Myaskovsky and the shattering atmosphere following the Zhandov Decree in 1947. The symphony was completed in 1950 but Myaskovsky dies before it could be performed; it won the Stalin Prize presented posthumously. Myaskovsky was criticized for the dark character of his symphonies. Cast in three movements, the symphony begins with am Adagio that is quickly transformed into a lyrical melody that recalls Rachmaninov. The center Adagio movement of the 27th has its dark clouds but they are ultimately lifted by the stunning melody. The final movement is a march that brings to mind Glazunov and Tchaikovsky.

The Cello Concerto deserves to be much better known and dates from 1944. The Concerto is a personal response to the war and reflects a greater lyricism than music that brashly describes a Soviet victory. The music is introspective and brilliantly written for the soloist. The cello engages in a dialogue with the orchestra reflecting exuberance against the constraining influence of the orchestra. The concerto opens and closes with the same quiet and reflective theme, and in between we find the exuberance in the face of anguish that eventually overcomes the brightness with melancholy. The concerto ends sweetly but with a feeling of deep longing and regret.

Both works are played to perfection by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Ivashkin is a marvelous soloist in the concerto. This is a great disc to choose to learn about the music of Myaskovsky.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgeous Russian Late Romanticism October 29, 2002
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Connoisseurs of Russian, or more properly, of Soviet music will recognize the name of Nicolai Miaskovsky and will likely know his somber, beautiful Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, roughly coeval with although slightly earlier than Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante. Miaskovsky's Cello Concerto has enjoyed a number of recordings since Rostropovich recorded it for EMI in the early 1960s and has rarely been out of the catalogue. Miaskovsky's symphonies (he wrote twenty-seven of them) are a different matter, despite the fact that they represent his main achievement. Only one, the Twenty-First, a one-movement affair requiring about fifteen minutes in performance, has ever gained anything like currency in the West. Frederick Stock gave the premiere in Chicago in 1940; Ormandy recorded it, and it appeared on a Unicorn LP in the late 1970s in a performance under David Measham. A few Melodiya recordings made their way to North American in the 1960s and 70s, most prominently a rendition under Svetlanov of the Twenty-Second, a "war symphony" full of alternating melancholy and strife, with prominent and impressive parts for the horns. More recently, Marco Polo has offered a handful of the symphonies, as has Russian Disc; the lamentably defunct Classical Revelation label also included several Miaskovsky symphonies in its rich, if evanescent catalogue. Despite this, Miaskovsky has been something of a rare bird among important names in Soviet symphonism. All the more then is Valeri Polyansky's new disc from Chandos a welcome one, for it gives us not only superb rendering of the Cello Concerto but something close to a recorded premiere of Miaskovsky's last symphony, the Twenty-Seventh, from 1950, the year of his death. Read more ›
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