Alexander Mossolov

Alexander Mossolov

Real Name:
Александр Васильевич Мосолов
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Alexander Vasilievich Mosolov (29 July 1900, Kiev — 11 July 1973, Moscow) was a significant Ukrainian avant-garde composer of the early Soviet era.

During the Revolutionary period in 1917-18, Mosolov worked in the office of the People's Commissioner for State Control, where he had fleeting personal contact with Lenin. He then served with the Red Army on the Polish and Ukrainian fronts and was wounded and shell-shocked.

From 1920 he worked as a pianist for silent films, and in 1922 entered the Moscow Conservatory to study under Reinhold Glière and Nikolai Myaskovsky, graduating in 1925. During his Conservatory years he composed several romances, four piano sonatas.

That year as his graduation, he joined the Moscow branch of the Association of Contemporary Music. He became director of chamber music for the Association of Contemporary Music, and then worked as a radio music editor.

In his prime (1926-28) his work was devoted to the ideas of the new, “modern” music, including constructivism. His music was often performed in Moscow. During those years his best works were composed and performed: Piano concerto no. 1 for small orchestra (1927), a symphonic episode “Factory. Music of machines” (1926-28); vocal pieces “Three children’s sketches” (1926), “Four newspaper announcements (1926). However many of Mosolov’s works were never performed in his life-time (e.g., the First String Quartet, a chamber opera “A Hero” (1928). Many of his early works were lost.
His works were often taken to embody the new brutalism and worship of the machine, and his most famous composition is the orchestral piece Iron Foundry (Zavod), a movement from a ballet entitled Steel (1927).

Later Mosolov fell foul of the musical politics of the USSR and after violent attacks on his reputation by Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians his works were suppressed from publication and performance. In 1936 Mosolov was expelled from the Union of Soviet Composers for 'public drunkenness'. He was sent to Armenia, Kirghizia, Turkmenia and Daghestan to document folksong (and also to 'compose a Turkmen Song about Stalin') before being arrested in 1937 for 'anti-Soviet propaganda' and condemned to eight years in the labour camps. Owing to the intervention of his former teachers he was released in a matter of months and lived on in poor health, still composing and working with folk music but largely denied a hearing by the authorities. Shortly after his death his music began to be revived.
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Shostakovich*, Meytuss*, Mossolov*, Orchestre Symphonique De Paris Conducted By Julius Ehrlich Shostakovich*, Meytuss*, Mossolov*, Orchestre Symphonique De Paris Conducted By Julius Ehrlich - Russian Modern Music (Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks US 1938 Sell This Version
W-LAB 7004 Revueltas* / Mossolov* / Chabrier* - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of London* Conducted By Argeo Quadri Revueltas* / Mossolov* / Chabrier* - Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of London* Conducted By Argeo Quadri - Sensemaya, Cuauhnahuac / Iron Foundry / España(LP, Album, Mono) Westminster W-LAB 7004 US 1955 Sell This Version
С60-06489, С60-06490 Александр Мосолов* - Хор Русской Песни Bсесоюзного Радио* Александр Мосолов* - Хор Русской Песни Bсесоюзного Радио* - Песни(LP) Мелодия, Мелодия С60-06489, С60-06490 USSR 1975 Sell This Version
33 С10—18059-60 А. Мосолов* - Академический Хор Русской Песни Центрального Телевидения И Всесоюзного Радио*, Н. Кутузов* А. Мосолов* - Академический Хор Русской Песни Центрального Телевидения И Всесоюзного Радио*, Н. Кутузов* - Хоры = Choruses(LP) Мелодия 33 С10—18059-60 USSR 1982 Sell This Version
А. Мосолов* Concerto No.1 For Piano And Orchestra / Iron Foundry / Soldiers' Songs Мелодия USSR 1982 Sell This Version
OCD 176 Alexander Mosolov* The Music Of Alexander Mosolov (1900-1973)(CD, Album) Olympia (2) OCD 176 UK 1987 Sell This Version
С10 25031 009 Г. Попов* / А. Мосолов* / А. Животов* Г. Попов* / А. Мосолов* / А. Животов* - Музыка Первых Лет Октября(LP) Мелодия С10 25031 009 USSR 1987 Sell This Version
SUCD 10-00077 G. Popov* / A. Mosolov* / A. Zhivotov* / N. Roslavets*A. Lazarev* G. Popov* / A. Mosolov* / A. Zhivotov* / N. Roslavets*A. Lazarev* - Music Of The Soviet Composers Of The 20s(CD) Мелодия SUCD 10-00077 USSR 1990 Sell This Version
Russudan Khuntsaria*, Alexander Mossolov Russudan Khuntsaria*, Alexander Mossolov - Piano Works (Album) Мелодия France 1991 Sell This Version
PSG 9118 Mossolov* - Geoffrey Douglas Madge Mossolov* - Geoffrey Douglas Madge - Futuriste Russe - 4 Piano Sonatas(CD, Album) Dante PSG 9118 France 1991 Sell This Version
Prokofiev* / Varèse* / Mosolov* - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra*, Riccardo Chailly Prokofiev* / Varèse* / Mosolov* - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra*, Riccardo Chailly - Symphony No.3 / Arcana / Iron Foundry Decca Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Lourie*, Mossolov*, Protopopov*, Roslavetz*Steffen Schleiermacher Lourie*, Mossolov*, Protopopov*, Roslavetz*Steffen Schleiermacher - Soviet Avant-Garde (Album) hat ART Switzerland 1994 Sell This Version
Alexander Mossolov - Daniele Lombardi Alexander Mossolov - Daniele Lombardi - Piano Works (Album) Arte Nova Classics Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Alexandr Mosolov*, Herbert Henck Alexandr Mosolov*, Herbert Henck - Untitled (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM New Series, ECM New Series Germany 1996 Sell This Version
17 004 Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Mosolov* Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Mosolov* - Violin Concerto, String Quartet No.2, Chamber Works(CD) Triton (5) 17 004 1996 Sell This Version
74321 48723 2 Alexander Mossolov, Daniele Lombardi, Alexander Goedicke, Julian Krein, Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Georg Kirkor, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin Krimets*, Vladimir Gontcharov, Gleb Karpushkin, Kyrill Rodin, Andrei Pisarev, Alexei Nesterenko, Nikolai Roslavetz, Лев Книппер, Moscow Soloist Ensemble, Novosibirsk String Quartet Alexander Mossolov, Daniele Lombardi, Alexander Goedicke, Julian Krein, Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Georg Kirkor, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin Krimets*, Vladimir Gontcharov, Gleb Karpushkin, Kyrill Rodin, Andrei Pisarev, Alexei Nesterenko, Nikolai Roslavetz, Лев Книппер, Moscow Soloist Ensemble, Novosibirsk String Quartet - Russian Futurism Vol.1 - Vol.3(5xCD, Box) Arte Nova Classics 74321 48723 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
74321 27793 2 Alexander Mosolov* - Daniele Lombardi Alexander Mosolov* - Daniele Lombardi - Russian Futurism Vol. 1(CD, Album) Arte Nova Classics 74321 27793 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
74321 48722 2 Mikhail F. Gnesin* - Alexander Mossolov, Nikolai Roslavets*, Lev Knipper*, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin Krimets* / Moscow Soloist Ensemble, Novosibirsk "Filarmonica" String Quartet* Mikhail F. Gnesin* - Alexander Mossolov, Nikolai Roslavets*, Lev Knipper*, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin Krimets* / Moscow Soloist Ensemble, Novosibirsk "Filarmonica" String Quartet* - Russian Futurism Vol. 3(2xCD) Arte Nova Classics 74321 48722 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
CLA 10004-2 Mossolov*Kabalevsky* Mossolov*Kabalevsky* - Mossolov • Kabalevsky A.O.(2xCD, RM) Russian Art CLA 10004-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
515614Y Sergei Sudzilovsky, Reinhold Glière, Alexander Mosolov* Sergei Sudzilovsky, Reinhold Glière, Alexander Mosolov* - Cello Concertos(CD) Musical Heritage Society 515614Y US 1999 Sell This Version
hat[now]ART 115 Lourié* · Mossolov* · Polovinkin* · Roslavetz* - Steffen Schleiermacher Lourié* · Mossolov* · Polovinkin* · Roslavetz* - Steffen Schleiermacher - Soviet Avant-Garde 2(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) hat[now]ART hat[now]ART 115 Switzerland 1999 Sell This Version
ANO 487222 Mosolov*Roslavets*Knipper* - Novosibirsk "Filarmonica" String Quartet* Mosolov*Roslavets*Knipper* - Novosibirsk "Filarmonica" String Quartet* - Russian Futurism Volume V(CD, Album, RE) Arte Nova Classics ANO 487222 US 2008 Sell This Version
NF/PMA 9978 Alexander Mossolov Cello Concerto No. 2, Symphony In E Major(CD, Album) Northern Flowers NF/PMA 9978 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
C5241 Alexander Mossolov, Steffen Schleiermacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Johannes Kalitzke Alexander Mossolov, Steffen Schleiermacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Johannes Kalitzke - Iron Foundry; Piano Concerto No. 1(CD) Capriccio (2) C5241 Austria 2015 Sell This Version
GP703-04 A. Mosolov*, Olga Andryushchenko A. Mosolov*, Olga Andryushchenko - Complete Works For Solo Piano(2xCD, Album) Grand Piano (2) GP703-04 Europe 2016 Sell This Version