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Mazayev's 'The Krasnodonians'
Posted by Jeffrey Davis on March 20, 2010, 11:12 pm
I wonder if anyone else thinks as highly of this work as I do. I came across it in the Brilliant box set of Svetlanov recordings. This work, in my view, justified the expenditure on the box alone. It is an extrmely soulful and darkly moving symphonic poem, in tribute to the sacrifice of 'anti-fascist Young Guard' who resisted the Nazi occupation of the coal-mining city of Krasnodon in the Ukraine betwen 1941 and 1942. After being betrayed ost of them (under 100 in total) wre executed and thrown down a mine shaft. I find myself playing this work (of just under 18 minues)often and recommend it wth much enthusiasm. The style rather like Lyatoshinsky - another fine and little known Ukrainian composer.
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