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Myaskovsky: Cello Concerto, Cello Sonatas / Tarasova

Myaskovsky / Tarasova / Moscow New Opera Orchestra
Release Date: 05/18/2010 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1075   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Alexander PolezhaevMarina Tarasova
Conductor:  Yevgeny Samoilov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performances that are sympathetic and make a good case for these works of warm, melancholy lyricism.

The two sonatas and the Concerto date from very different periods in Miaskovsky's long and prolific career, the First Sonata from 1911 (revised in 1930-31), then the Concerto from 1944 and the Second Sonata from 1948: the latter was written for the young Rostropovich. Yet there is little real sense of development in the idiom, since Miaskovsky found himself at home in a late-romantic world and never really saw cause or felt impulse to change it, while a real world he did not much care for passed him by. So very much the same qualities of warm, rather melancholy lyricism pervade these three works, not least since the
Read more cello seems to have drawn from him music almost entirely in this vein. The voice of Rachmaninov is at the back of the invention, especially of the First Sonata, though there is neither the individuality nor for that matter the fierce demands which Rachmaninov put upon the pianist in his own Cello Sonata.

The performances are sympathetic and make a good case for music which has an easy appeal; the recordings keep a just balance.

-- Gramophone [12/1994, reviewing the original release of these performances, Olympia 530]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Alexander Polezhaev (Piano), Marina Tarasova (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1945; Russia 
Length: 23 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in A minor, Op. 81 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello), Alexander Polezhaev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; USSR 
Length: 23 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Cello, Op. 66 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Marina Tarasova (Cello)
Conductor:  Yevgeny Samoilov
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; USSR 
Length: 28 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Tonal Beauty August 30, 2012 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "The tone of Marina Tarasova's cello is reason enough to buy this album. The music is very direct, to the heart. Enjoy!" Report Abuse
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