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MYASKOVSKY: Symphonies Nos. 24 and 25

Composer(s):Myaskovsky, Nikolay
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, Conductor • Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.555376
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Nikolay Myaskovsky was one of the most distinguished and prolific symphonists of the twentieth century. His musical style was never ultra-modern but may be placed somewhere between the great Russian Romantics and that of his mentor and friend, Prokofiev. Composed in 1943, Symphony No. 24 is a strongly dramatic work. Its first movement has been called a ‘heroic ballad’, while the second is restrained with a tragic theme. Symphony No. 25, was Myaskovsky’s first large post-war orchestral work. Unusually, it begins with a slow movement, a set of variations on a typically Russian theme, which Soviet commentators regarded as an epic portrayal of the Fatherland.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Very worthwhile accounts of both symphonies from Dmitri Yablonsky and the Moscow Philharmonic. Yablonsky’s account of No. 25, Miaskovsky’s first post-war symphony, holds up well against Svetlanov’s (coupled with No. 1). He is less expansive in the glorious first movement but no less heartfelt. This is particularly haunting and moving, full of the all-pervasive melancholy which is echt-Miaskovsky. The recording is decent and, although those collecting the Svetlanov cycle will want to complete it, those who cannot wait will find the modest outlay here well worth while.


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