Iosif Andriasov

The Best Recording of Iosif Andriasov’s Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra, Op. 5

It was really difficult for me to write about Iosif Andriasov’s Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra, Op. 5. The reason might be due to the fact that words cannot exactly describe how I feel. One might say there is a hint of melancholy, but then again there is such hope depicted in the middle section. I think one would need to create words that phonetically had an ability to express one’s feelings. Luckily, music does the rest. It can join various moods into one form. How lucky we are to have this occurrence. I can say one thing is that the recording which best represents this inner feeling is Alexander Zayontz’ atmospheric performance. I love Iosif Andriasov’s Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and Strings. (Click to Tweet)

The tenderness displayed by Mr. Zayontz was explained by the composer himself, though my father said that he did not have to do too much work in this performance. What a relief it is for a composer when a performer has the right attitude concerning properly to be the vessel through which the message comes across. My heart and soul trembles listening to this masterpiece. In such a short piece to be able to demonstrate a whole universe really has amazed me for a very long time. This universe is subtle, not pushing us a sadness down our throats. What also strikes me is the ability to write such a heartfelt composition “objectively,” as if Iosif Andriasov was standing far away looking at everyone. This sort of detachment, and to write this composition at such an early age, is the true marvel. As if, knowing that being able to live through WWII, he could truly be a ghost of a passing by world. By noticing how the world moves, Iosif Andriasov, through practice, inherited the ability to feel for others. 

The Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra is not a declaration of his own sadness. I completely see my dad composing through other people’s pain. This is why every composition he has ever written had an ability to rise against self indulgence. There is not an ounce of feeling why he has suffered so much in such a short life. This composition deals with a way bigger picture than his own suffering. But, in an incredible way, there is always a hint of hope for humanity. This is why the recording I am mentioning surprises me so much as well. It is as if Alexander Zayontz and the musicians all felt a certain hope getting through WWII. Unlike many performances these days, the sadness is coming from within and done with inner strength. As if saying, “stop crying for your own indulgence.” Be strong for others seems to be the motto in my mind. Similar to the composer’s behavior, one can always make it a better place to live for everyone.

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