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Episode 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 28 August 2009

Donald Macleod discusses Myaskovsky's final years, when he not only suffered with stomach cancer, but also with bitterness and resentment induced by a second wave of persecution during Stalin's cultural attacks. Some of the composer's final works - the Second Cello Sonata, the 13th String Quartet and the 27th Symphony - each won him a Stalin Prize. Having asked Shostakovich whether his life's work was pointless, the composer died a few days later in 1950.

Sonata No 5 in B, Op 64 (1944) - 3rd mvt
Murray McLachan (piano)
Olympia OCD704 disc 2 Tr 9

Symphony No 21 in F sharp minor, Op 51 (1940) - excerpt
State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation
Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)
Warner 2564 69689-8 disc 14 Tr 1

Sonata No 2 in A minor for cello and piano, Op 81 (1948-9) - 2nd mvt
Yuli Turovsky (cello)
Luba Edlina (piano)
Chandos CHAN8523 Tr 6

String Quartet No 13 in A minor, Op 86 (1949) - 2nd, 3rd mvts
The Kopelman Quartet
Nimbus NI5827 Trs 2-3

Symphony No 27 in C minor, Op 85 (1949)
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Valeri Polyansky (conductor)
Chandos CHAN10025 Tr 3.

Music Played

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

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Sonata No 5 in B, Op 64 (1944) - 3rd mvt

    Performer: Murray McLachan (piano)

    Olympia OCD704 disc 2 Tr 9

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Symphony No 21 in F sharp minor, Op 51 (1940) - excerpt

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

    Warner 2564 69689-8 disc 14 Tr 1

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Sonata No 2 in A minor for cello and piano, Op 81 (1948-9) - 2nd mvt

    Performer: Yuli Turovsky (cello) Performer: Luba Edlina (piano)

    Chandos CHAN8523 Tr 6

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky String Quartet No 13 in A minor, Op 86 (1949) - 2nd, 3rd mvts

    Performer: The Kopelman Quartet

    Nimbus NI5827 Trs 2-3

  • Image for Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky Symphony No 27 in C minor, Op 85 (1949)

    Performer: Russian State Symphony Orchestra Performer: Valeri Polyansky (conductor)

    Chandos CHAN10025 Tr 3.

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