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Nikolai Myaskovsky: Symphonies Nos. 16, 17, 21, 22, 25 & 27 / USSR State SO; Svetlanov, Ivanov

Album Summary

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 16 in F major, Op. 39
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 22 in B minor ("Symphonic Ballad"), Op. 54
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 17 in G sharp minor, Op. 41
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 25 in D flat major, Op. 69
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 27 in C minor, Op. 85
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents a set of selected symphonies by Nikolai Myaskovsky. This composer’s music is not widely popular today. Meanwhile, he belongs to the number of Russia’s brightest music talents of the first half of the 20th century. Symphony was the most important genre to the composer. His twenty-seven symphonies composed during 40 years are a sort of a personal diary reflecting a complicated and winding path of his artistic evolution. The set includes six symphonies from Myaskovsky’s latter period (1935 to 1950) – Nos 16, 17, 21, 22, 25 and 27 – performed by the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by the outstanding Evgeny Svetlanov (the only conductor in the world to record all Myaskovsky’s symphonies) and his predecessor in the State Orchestra Konstantin Ivanov, one of the major representatives of the Soviet conducting school.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
At this writing, the complete Warner set seems available at prices ranging from $50 to $100. I've seen this reissue set priced around $30 to $42, putting it in a financial no-man'sland. If you want only a Miaskovsky sampler, there are single discs of performances, some from the complete Svetlanov set. You can also get an OK pairing of Symphonies 24 and 25 led by Dmitri Yablonsky on Naxos (Nov/Dec 2003). I would buy the complete set. It is a treasure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1950; 1971; 1980; 1991; 1992.



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>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 16 in F major, Op. 39
  • Conductor: Constantin Ivanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 22 in B minor ("Symphonic Ballad"), Op. 54
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 36 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1942

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 17 in G sharp minor, Op. 41
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 47 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51
  • Conductor: Constantin Ivanov
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 11/16/1940

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 25 in D flat major, Op. 69
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 35 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1946

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 27 in C minor, Op. 85
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 35 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949