Thanks so much for giving such a considered response to me message (and Tony thanks for your comment too). Actually I didn't think that your review was 'bad' but I just wanted to express an alternative view on Popov's 'Motherland' Symphony. The opening of the first movement reminded me a bit of Carl Davis's fine score for the 'World at War' TV series, especially those sections dealing with Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. This morning I listened to the old Olympia CD containing symphonies 1 and 2 together. Hearing them juxtaposed made me even more aware of the tragedy of Popov's Symphony 1 being banned after one performance - it is one of the greatest soviet era symphonies worthy, in my opinion to stand alongside Shostakovich's No.4 and Weinberg's No.5. I think that the performance of Symphony 2 conducted by Gennady Provatorov is better than the one on Northern Flowers, although I enjoyed that one too. I collected many Northern Flowers CDs and some are not that interesting but the ones featuring music by Miaskovsky, Popov, Weinberg's Symphony No.1 and Cello Concerto together with Symphony 5 by Scherbachov were all very worthwhile although the overtly propagandist last moment of the Scherbachov is not as good as the powerful and brooding earlier movements. I do agree with you about Popov's 'Red Cavalry Campaign' although it has a macabre fascination! Thanks again and best wishes. Jeffrey
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