BORIS ARAPOV (1905-1992): Symphony No. 5 (Leningrad Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Dmitriev. rec. 1987), Violin Concerto (Mikhail Vaiman [violin], LSO; Arvid Jansons. rec. 1967), The Four Seasons for Soprano, Tenor and Nonet (Tatiana Melentyeva [soprano], Boris Mareshkin [tenor], Instrumental ensemble; Gennady Rozhdestvensky. rec. 1985).
Catalogue Number: 05J011
Reference: MEL CD 10 00839
Description: Arapov's students included Sergei Slonimsky, Knaifel and Falik, proving that he was in no way wedded to anything having to do with Socialist Realism. The violin concerto of 1964 combines the 19th century spotlighting of the soloist (the violinist begins the work unaccompanied in a cadenza-like passage) with an up-to-date style which relies on winds (several solo passages for bassoon), xylophone, vibraphone, celesta, bells and piano throughout. Like the concerto, the 1981 symphony gives pride of place to wind and high percussion (a solo trumpet has an important part throughout) and it often passes the boundaries of tonality, although always for emotional and expressive effect, yet it ends with an almost Mahlerian lyricism.