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NIKOLAY MYASKOVSKY  

(1881 - 1950)

Trained originally at the Russian Academy of Military Engineering, Myaskovsky left the army in order to study at the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he befriended the young Prokofiev. His own teachers were Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov. He became professor of composition at Moscow Conservatory in 1921, retaining the position until his death in 1950, respected by his friend Prokofiev and by pupils such as Kabalevsky and Khachaturian. With Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other composers he suffered official criticism in 1948, when they were accused of formalism.

Orchestral Music

Myaskovsky completed 27 symphonies, the last in the years after his condemnation. Some of the symphonies were intended to suit the purposes of Soviet aesthetic policy, celebrating revolution or, as in Symphony No. 12, the triumphs of collective farming. Other orchestral works include a violin concerto and a cello concerto, all in an approachable diatonic style.

Chamber Music

Myaskovsky wrote 13 string quartets as well as sonatas for violin and piano, viola and piano, and cello and piano.

Piano Music

The piano sonatas of Myaskovsky, nine in number, are all written in a generally similar idiom. There are also a number of shorter piano pieces, including three sets of Children’s Pieces.

Vocal and Choral Music

In his choral works Myaskovsky responded to contemporary Soviet demands, while his solo songs include settings of translated poems by Robert Burns.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Idil Biret LP Originals Edition Naxos 8.501402

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Concertos
Cello and Piano Duos - MYASKOVSKY, N. / SCRIABIN, A. / SCHNITTKE, A. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Russian Music for Cello and Piano) (WarnerNuzova Duo) Cedille
CDR90000-120
Chamber Music
GREAT RUSSIAN SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501059
Orchestral
MIASKOVSKY, N.: Violin Concerto in D Minor / WEINBERG, M.: Violin Concerto in G Minor (Grubert, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky) Naxos
8.557194
Concertos
MYASKOVSKY / SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphonies Naxos
8.550953
Chamber Music
MYASKOVSKY, N.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / KABALEVSKY, D.B.: Cello Sonata (Joost Ben-Sasson, Sternfield) Naxos
9.70196
Chamber Music
MYASKOVSKY, N.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 / SCRIABIN, A.: 5 Preludes / LISZT, F.: La lugubre gondola (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 7) Idil Biret Archive
8.571281
Instrumental
MYASKOVSKY: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 and 4 Marco Polo
8.223469
Instrumental
MYASKOVSKY: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 3 and 5 Marco Polo
8.223156
Instrumental
MYASKOVSKY: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6 - 9 Marco Polo
8.223178
Instrumental
MYASKOVSKY: Silence Op. 9 / Symphony No. 12 Marco Polo
8.223302
Orchestral
MYASKOVSKY: Symphonies Nos. 24 and 25 Naxos
8.555376
Orchestral
MYASKOVSKY: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 Marco Polo
8.223499
Orchestral
MYASKOVSKY: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 10 Marco Polo
8.223113
Orchestral
MYASKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 Marco Polo
8.223301
Orchestral
MYASKOVSKY: Symphony No. 8 Marco Polo
8.223297
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 5 / MYAKOVSKY, N.: Symphony No. 24 (Kuchar, D. Yablonsky) Naxos
8.572958
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets (Complete) (The Soviet Experience) (Pacifica Quartet) Cedille
CDRBOX1003
Chamber Music
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 5-8 / MYASKOVSKY, N.: String Quartet No. 13 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1) (Pacifica Quartet) Cedille
CDR90000-127
Chamber Music




 
 
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