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Iosif Andriasov - Second Symphony for Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Op. 26

FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV”
WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)


Iosif Andriasov wrote his Second Symphony for soloists (Mezzo-Soprano and Tenor), Mixed Choir, and Symphony Orchestra in 1971, poetry by Vladimir Lazarev and folk poetry as well. Mr. Andriasov dedicated his Second Symphony to his parents: Arshak Osipovich Andriasov and Maria Fyodorovna Bedjanova-Andriasova.

Speaking about his composition, Mr. Andriasov stated: “The music of my Second Symphony negates slave-master morality and asserts the morality of free individuals.”

In the second half of the XX century, Mr. Andriasov belongs to such rare artists who found and celebrated the spiritual beauty in our tragic world. While some representatives of the contemporary art are occupied with the idea of the end of time, history, reason, man, and music, (“the end of the world”), Iosif Andriasov created an artistic world that does not coincide either with a traditional or postmodern world. He created an art that inspires the belief in immortality of the creative basis, in the universal reason, and a preservation of our civilization. At the same time, as an artist of the XX century, Mr. Andriasov does not formulate his position as a finished conclusion. He addresses to an active consciousness of the listeners giving them an opportunity to experience and make their own conclusions.

The Second Symphony is a complex work. The composer synthesized various elements in his composition: East and West; various genres; various techniques of musical language; archaic and contemporary; folk and professional; secular and sacred; Pagan and Christian; motion and stasis; asceticism and sophistication, and so on. The profound, multidimensional content of this composition is expressed in a condensed form. The numerous sources are brought together into harmony. Iosif Andriasov created a unified picture of the world through centuries, countries, and continents. 

Performance

Galina Borisova, Mezzo-Soprano
Lev Kuznetsov, Tenor
Gennady Cherkasov, Conductor
Big Symphony Orchestra of the All-State Radio and Television, Moscow, USSR

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