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Popov: Chamber Symphony & Symphony No. 1 / Titov, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony


Release Date: 10/14/2016 
Label:  Northern Flowers   Catalog #: 9996  
Composer:  Gavriil N. Popov
Conductor:  Alexander Titov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gavriil Popov completed the first draft of his Symphony No. 1 in 1929 putting the final touches on the score in 1930. The manuscript won the Bolshoi Theatre prize sponsored by Pravda in 1932 and was premiered by the Leningrad Philharmonic under Fritz Stiedry in 1935. However, just one day after the premiere, the work was banned by the Leningrad Censorship Board for being "ideologically hostile" in mood. Soon after, official Soviet authorities lifted the ban, but shortly thereafter, in 1936 Popov was denounced as a "formalist" composer along with Dmitri Shostakovich. Popov went on, as did Shostakovich, to compose music that was more in keeping with official approval but his mysterious 1st Symphony, along with Read more Shostakovich's 4th Symphony was denied any further performances in the U.S.S.R. until much later. After it's revival in 1972, the Symphony No. 1 was discovered to be an intensely imaginative work that, like Shostakovich's 4th, takes the epic, large scale symphonic concept established by Gustav Mahler off into a wild, highly imaginative, boundary pushing direction. The work is a fascinating wild ride, rich in orchestral colors, intricate counterpoint and musical details ranging from comical to nightmarish. - Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1, Op. 7 by Gavriil N. Popov
Conductor:  Alexander Titov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1934; USSR 
Length: 41 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Chamber Symphony in C major, Op 2 by Gavriil N. Popov
Conductor:  Alexander Titov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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