GAVRIIL POPOV (1904-1972): Chamber Symphony (Septet) for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Violin, Cello and Double Bass, Op. 2, Symphony No. 1, Op. 7.
Catalogue Number: 10N012
Label: Northern Flowers
Reference: NF/PMA 9996
Description: Last recorded by Telarc in 2004 (12G002), the symphony (1929-34) was banned for "formalism", Popov having just reached the boundary which would destroy generations of talented Russian composers. There are places in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 whose inspiration occurred first to Popov (also a point in his Symphony No. 5) but, no matter the reminiscences of Scriabin in the slow movement or, perhaps, of Prokofiev (another Popov supporter), this symphony is the very original creation of a brilliant symphonist. Also once available on Olympia in 1988, the Op. 2 (1926) is often satirical and theatrical, sometimes boisterous while its almost ten-minute Largo is haunting, with bluesy elements. St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Titov.