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Wonderful! A glorious antidote to miserable times (Christmas 2020) for adventurous music-lovers. Mosolov, known to me only through his (infamous) "Iron Foundry," turns out to be yet another of those awesome composers whose futurist tendencies were curbed by Stalin, attacked by others like Khrennikov (much his inferior), and persecuted in unbelievable ways. But it's Naxos to the rescue yet again, doing for the nth time what so many major companies fail to do - that duty to mankind - which is to discover, reinstate and allow voices cruelly suppressed by moronic ideologies to be heard again - for the enrichment of humanity. I chose to listen to the Harp Concerto (1939) first, played beautifully by the beautiful Taylor Ann Fleshman with utterly endearing distinction that justifies the notes in the booklet that here we have a work well worthy to join the other (few) harp concerti of the last 2 centuries., and near the summit of quality too! It's a lovely wallow in romantic sweetness that more than justifies the cost of the whole disc. The 5th Symphony (1965) reminds one in places of Prokofiev (not so much Shostakovich), Khachaturian's 'Bell' Symphony (in the finale), and even Holst's Planets (Saturn). No doubt people like Boulez would damn it for vulgarity, but for the more worldly-wise listener who recognises a musical message that reaches the heart at first hearing, it's a gem. It's also brilliant to learn that this excellent Dutch conductor, Arthur Arnold, has unearthed 2 more Mosolov symphonies which Naxos will record in 2021. What privileged times we live in when enlightened companies like Naxos will risk investment in a project like this! These Mosolov treasures fully deserve your time and modest outlay. Needless to say, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra is excellent and full of virtuosos on top form. S. J. Mitchell, Glasgow.
Powerful colourful music with a hint of film in the background and very listenable. The Fifth symphony especially reminds me of Alwyn or Arnold, though its mood is very Russian. The Harp concerto to an English ear also recalls the Alwyn of Lyra Angelica, or indeed William Matthias's fine concerto. It is sad in the extreme that Mosolov was forced away from the experiments of his youth by Stalin's artistic policies and the threat of death and imprisonment. However it must be said that ironically (as with the Shostokovich Fifth Symphony) the result was artistically not inconsiderable. Let us hope that Naxos offer us some more of this very interesting composer!