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Episode 1

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 24 August 2009

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Nicolay Myaskovsky, focusing on the composer's childhood. His father's army career impacted upon the young and reserved child, as did the extreme religious mania of his aunt, who lived with the family once Myaskovsky's mother died.

Featuring the Cello Concerto, Romantic in origin, which displays Myaskovsky's passion for Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, yet is one of the works denounced under the Stalin regime as 'formalist'. There is also the final movement of his Symphony No 1, which started the composer off on his long career of symphonic writing.

Napeve
St Petersburg Chamber Ensemble
Roland Melia (conductor)
ASV CD DCA 928 Tr 7

Her Picture (To a Portrait), Op 40 No 4 (1935-6)
Mary King (mezzo-soprano)
Andrew Ball (piano)
BBC Recording

Song-Idyll: Sonata No 8 in D minor, Op 83 (1949) - 2nd mvt
Murray McLachlan (piano)
Olympia OCD704 disc 3 Tr 3

Cello Concerto in C minor, Op 66 (1944)
Truls Mork (cello)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Jarvi (conductor)
Virgin Classics 5 45282 2 disc 1 Trs 4-5

Allegro assai e molto risoluto (Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 3 (1908) - 3rd mvt
State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation
Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)
Warner 2564 69689-8 disc 1 Tr 3.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Napeve

    Performer: St Petersburg Chamber Ensemble Performer: Roland Melia (conductor)

    ASV CD DCA 928,

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Her Picture (To a Portrait), Op 40 No 4 (1935-6)

    Performer: Mary King (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Andrew Ball (piano)

    BBC Recording

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Song-Idyll: Sonata No 8 in D minor, Op 83 (1949) - 2nd mvt

    Performer: Murray McLachlan (piano) Performer:

    Olympia OCD704

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Cello Concerto in C minor, Op 66 (1944)

    Performer: Truls Mork (cello) Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Performer: Paavo Jarvi (conductor)

    Virgin Classics 5 45282 2,

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Allegro assai e molto risoluto (Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 3 (1908) - 3rd mvt

    Performer: State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation Performer: Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

    Warner 2564 69689-8

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