Symphonies 24 & 25
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.3 x 12.29 x 1.19 cm; 94.12 g
- メーカー : Naxos
- EAN : 0747313537624
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2003
- レーベル : Naxos
- ASIN : B00008ZZ2P
- ディスク枚数 : 1
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 676,472位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
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.
The 24th Symphony is otherwise unavailable although Olympia will release Svetlanov's excellent version soon as part of their complete series. The 25th is a major work containing one of Myaskovsk's most beautiful Russian sounding tunes, about five minutes into the first movement (or four minutes in this case as Yablonsk's performance is somewhat faster than Svetlanov on Olympia). On balance I prefer the Svetlanov version as he invests this tune with great dignity. Still, at this price I would go for both recordings although the 24th symphony on Naxos is a more interesting work than the First Symphony on Olympia.
Myaskovsky is becoming more "popular" with increasing CD releases of his music and this is a good place to start if you want to investigate some fine and often moving symphonies from a composer described as "small,bearded, shy and never to be seen without his briefcase"
Symphony No. 25, Myaskovky's first post-war symphony, is unconventional in design, starting with a slow first movement, a set of variations on a typically Russian-sounding theme, and progressing through a slightly faster second movement to a fast final movement. This design doesn't seem particularly symphonic, or at least the symphony doesn't add up to the compelling whole that is the Symphony No. 24. The first movement sounds unapologetically old-fashioned--Myaskovsky's teacher Liadov could almost have written it--while the light-textured, canonic second movement doesn't add much to the symphonic argument. In Myaskovsky's architectural scheme, the last movement appears to bear most of the weight, but by then, I must confess, I've lost interest, despite the fact that this movement is, again, a cinematically colored piece.
I haven't heard the competition (Evgeny Svetlanov), but Yablonsky and his orchestra seem to do well by the music, conveying the restless drama of Symphony No. 24 and reveling in the traditional Russianness of Symphony No. 25. The Moscow Philharmonic is not a particularly polished orchestra, and both strings and brass, especially the horns, are challenged at spots in the scores. But the energy and enthusiasm of the players are never in question.
The recorded sound is clear and clean, with a powerful rendering of the bass; the start of the Symphony No. 24's last movement should test your system's bass response. (I've only listened on my car stereo and through headphones, though.) So for those wanting an introduction to Myaskovsky, Yablonsky's performance of Symphony No. 24, at least, is a good candidate. For those who know and savor the composer, this disc seems a safe recommendation all around.