Magazine article Gramophone

Mravimky Anomaly

Magazine article Gramophone

Mravimky Anomaly

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At first glance, a high priority among Praga Digital's latest trawl is one of two releases devoted to Yevgeny Mravinsky: a mostly-Sibelius concert that opens with a work that until now has been absent from Mravinsky's repertoire on disc--Sibelius's Symphony No 3. Yet a reliable online Mravinsky discography (mqcd- musiqueclassique.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7653) makes no mention of Sibelius No 3, and neither is it--nor, indeed, any concert performance of the Third--mentioned in Gregor Tassie's Yegeny Mravinsky: the Noble Conductor (2005). The performance itself, said to date from October 23, 1963, displays certain 'Mravinskian' characteristics such as a broad dynamic sweep (in the first movement) and an invariable control of line. But in the finale, at the point where divided muted triplets on violins at the pii allegro passage fall from the woodwind phrases like snowflakes (from around 0'26"), something odd happens: they are entirely missing not the sort of thing you would expect from the perfectionist Mravinsky. …

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