ΡΩΣΟΙ ΣΥΝΘΕΤΕΣ – ALEXANDER MOSOLOV [1900-1973] : PIANO SONATA No 2

Ο Alexander Mosolov υπήρξε ένας από τους πιο ενδιαφέροντες συνθέτες της πρώτης σοβιετικής περιόδου, και από τους πολλούς που πλήρωσαν το τίμημα για την αντισυμβατικότητά τους. Έπεσε γρήγορα σε δυσμένεια από το σταλινικό καθεστώς, που τον καταδίκασε όχι απλώς σε αφάνεια αλλά και σε οκταετή εγκλεισμό σε στρατόπεδο εργασίας.
Οι επιρροές του από συνθέτες όπως οι Scriabin, Prokofiev, Schostakovich είναι εμφανείς, αλλά το το ύφος του είναι έντονα αναγνωρίσιμο.
Από κυκλοφορία της ECM ακούμε το
Andante Non Troppo, πρώτο μέρος της έξοχης Σονάτας του για πιάνο Νο 2. Ερμηνεύει ο Herbert Henck.

Alexander Mosolov was one of the most interesting composers of the first Soviet period, and one of the many who paid the price for their unconventionality. He quickly fell into disfavor from the Stalinist regime, which condemned him not only to obscurity but also to eight years of confinement in a labor camp.
His influences from composers such as Scriabin, Prokofiev, Schostakovich are evident, but his style is pretty recognizable.
From ECM’s release we hear
Andante Non Troppo, the first part of his exquisite Piano Sonata No. 2. Performed by Herbert Henck.

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6 Comments

  1. Sue Dreamwalker April 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    One cannot even begin to imagine the horrors of eight years in a labour camp…. A dramatic piece on the piano… A unique style…. I wonder what this composed before or after his internment..
    Wishing you both well Oannes.. and thank you for sharing.. 🙂

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    1. Oannes April 3, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      It was before. This and several others of his works were found “too modernistic” by the Party’s “experts”. This led to him being banned from the Soviet Composer’s Union, accused for counter-revolutionary activities and denounced as an enemy of the state.
      I don’t think we are living in a much freer society today.
      Thank you very much Sue, we wish you the best!

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker April 6, 2022 at 1:02 am

        I am afraid I have to agree with you Oannes on today’s world… Sending well wishes back.. 🙂

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  2. Resa April 8, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    This is a dramatic piece, and I like it very much. Imagine going to prison for one’s art!
    Ridiculous… beyond my ability to understand.

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    1. Oannes April 10, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Stalin’s Russia can only be compared with Hitler’s Germany.

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      1. Resa April 10, 2022 at 9:58 pm

        Awful!!
        Yet much of the arts have survived the horrors.
        So happy I was born in Canada. It’s not perfect here, but I’m not going to jail for my art.

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