Myaskovsky Complete Symphonies and Orchestral Works

Myaskovsky’s calling card – and his brand of lyricism in spades

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Nikolay Myaskovsky

Genre:

Orchestral

Label: Warner Classics

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo

Catalogue Number: 2564 69689-8

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Symphony No. 10 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No. 16 Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Pathetique Overture Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Lyric Concertino Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 21, 'Fantasy in F sharp minor' Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No 13 Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Symphony No. 7 Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Symphony No. 1 Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Slav Rhapsody Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Alastor Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony-Suite Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 9 Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 17 Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Links Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 27 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 5 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No. 20 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Sinfonietta Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, 'Revolutionary' Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No. 2 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No 24 Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Sinfonietta Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Silence Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No. 8 Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No 26 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No 4 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Sinfonietta Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 22 in B minor, 'Symphonic Ballad' Evgeni Svetlanov
USSR Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Serenade Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Symphony No. 19 Evgeni Svetlanov
USSR Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Symphony No. 11 Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 8 Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Divertissement Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Overture - Hulpigung Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No 25 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 15 Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Symphony No. 14 Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 12 Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Symphony No. 3 USSR Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov

Composer or Director: Nikolay Myaskovsky

Genre:

Orchestral

Label: Alto Records

Media Format: CD or Download

Catalogue Number: ALC1023

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Symphony No. 17 Evgeni Svetlanov
Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Salutation Overture Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Evgeni Svetlanov
Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 21, 'Fantasy in F sharp minor' Nikolay Myaskovsky Composer
Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Evgeni Svetlanov
Myaskovsky enthusiasts inured to famine face a sudden glut. While the present Alto issue continues a slow-build sequence, carrying on from where Olympia’s Svetlanov series broke off some years ago, the apparent exclusivity of that arrangement has been torpedoed by a rival 16-CD intégrale from Warner France. Though presumably similarly sourced, the transfers are not always identical in matters of balance and equalisation. The main drawback of the Warner set is the skimpiness of its annotations. Alto remains committed to giving us the contextual material such unfamiliar scores can scarcely do without. Its makeweight here is a case in point. A seemingly innocuous overture, it turns out to have been the composer’s contribution to Stalin’s 60th birthday celebrations in 1939. In which case its avoidance of vulgarity may even be considered quietly heroic.

Of the two symphonies in the Alto instalment, the 17th (1936-37) is indubitably a large statement. Composed at the height of the Great Terror, its idiom seems a little more extroverted than usual, Rachmaninov crossed with Khachaturian perhaps. The epic slow movement will be a must for listeners with a sweet tooth even if things could, with advantage, move on a little faster! Liadov meets Korngold in the Trio of the third. You may well have come across this performance in an earlier Melodiya incarnation.

The 21st (1940) was long Myaskovsky’s calling-card. It was commissioned by the Chicago SO and there are vintage recordings originating from both sides of the Iron Curtain. None is as long-breathed as this one. Perhaps one can forgive the blaring confusion of Svetlanov’s climaxes for the nobility of his take on the elevated, Roy Harris-style opening section. The score’s most memorable idea, referencing Rimsky’s Antar Symphony, has that authentic Myaskovsky lyricism in spades and of course Svetlanov milks it for all it’s worth. Glorious heartfelt stuff although those brought up on more tautly controlled readings may cry self-indulgence. As usual the playing ranges from the inspired to the sketchy, the results compellingly “noble” even where manifestly flawed.

For anyone coming fresh to the composer and his world, the Warner set provides an extraordinarily economical, if potentially mystifying, entrée. The recordings, patchily available in various guises over the years, would appear to include Soviet era items from the Melodiya catalogue alongside sessions reportedly subsidised by the conductor himself during the Yeltsin interregnum.

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