Death of a Soviet-era symphonist

Andrei Eshpay (r.), a classic Soviet-era composer, died today aged 90.

 

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He leaves 9 symphonies, 4 violin concertos, 2 piano concertos and a host of film scores and patriotic songs.

He won both the Lenin Prize and the Order of Lenin in the 1980s, just before Lenin became irrelevant.

 

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  • Fine, deeply-considered music that eschewed fashionable gimmickry in favour of craft and artistry. The Concerto Grosso (trumpet, contrabass, piano, vibraphone & orchestra) is one of my favourite works). Violinists love him for the sequence of VCs and sonatas.

    Magnificent, seriously-intentioned work – a life well-lived.

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