Nikolai Myaskovsky: Symphonies No. 17 & 20
Label: Fuga Libera
Format: COMPACT DISC
Rudin, Alexander; Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Rudin and the Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra here present two symphonies by Nikolai Myaskovsky — one of the most undiscovered composers of the 20th century. In his creative legacy, Myaskovsky equals his more famous contemporaries — Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Rudin has been deeply attached to Myaskovsky’s works for a long time; “I have been playing and recording his compositions for more than thirty years… Myaskovsky hardly ever lowered his standards of sincerity, noble taste, extraordinary depth and tragedy. He is an amazing composer, whose works cannot perhaps be immediately understood by everyone. You have to enter into his music and listen to it with an open heart. There is nothing funky about it and many of its connotations are encoded; the music is introverted and thus reflects the personality of the composer. It nonetheless makes a very strong impression and can provide the answers to the questions we face today”.