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Alexander Mosolov (1900-1973): Iron Foundry, Op. 19; Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 1 et al / Steffen Schleiermacher, piano; Ringela Riemke, cello; Natalia Pschenitschnikova, soprano

Album Summary

>Mosolov, Alexander : Iron Foundry (Zavod), orchestral episode, Op. 19
>Mosolov, Alexander : Piano Concerto, Op. 14
>Mosolov, Alexander : Tractor's Arrival at the Kolkhoz, for piano & orchestra
>Mosolov, Alexander : Legend, for cello & piano, Op. 5
>Mosolov, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 3
>Mosolov, Alexander : Newspaper Announcements (4), for voice & piano, Op. 21
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Among his contemporary countrymen, the Russian Alexander Mosolov (1900-73) certainly underwent one of the most individual of developments. However unknown most of his compositions have remained during and after the Soviet Union and abroad, then and since, a single piece has ensured that his name has stayed lastingly present - the Iron Foundry from the ballet "Steel" (1926/27). It clearly ran contrary to the demands of 'Socialist Realism', gradually becoming established in the post-revolutionary Soviet Union and finally declared the official dogma by the authorities in 1932. Whereas the state demanded a kind of music that was easy to receive and could be directly accepted by broad sections of the population, some young composers saw themselves facing the challenge of keeping pace with the international avant-garde and adding a separate Russian and Soviet form. Also active as a music official, Mosolov quickly found recognition within the young Moscow music scene. He soon worked for the Assoc. Of Contemporary Music (ASM) and got to know many foreign colleagues, whose works were performed in Russia at the time not least due to his efforts, including Alban Berg, Paul Hindemith, Alfredo Casella, Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honegger.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Haus des Rundfunks (02/2014); Berlin, Studio Britz (02/2014).



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>Mosolov, Alexander : Iron Foundry (Zavod), orchestral episode, Op. 19
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1926-1928

>Mosolov, Alexander : Piano Concerto, Op. 14
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1927

>Mosolov, Alexander : Tractor's Arrival at the Kolkhoz, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mosolov, Alexander : Legend, for cello & piano, Op. 5
  • Performers: Ringela Riemke (Cello); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Mosolov, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 3
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Mosolov, Alexander : Newspaper Announcements (4), for voice & piano, Op. 21
  • Performers: Natalia Pschenitschnikova (Flute); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926