This is a very fanny thing. This symphony was presented in 1948 as a
first symphony written by ukranian composer, it was an enormous sensation
at that time. Ovsianiikov- Kulikovski was supoused to be living in 19th
century. Orchestras have played and recorded the symphony and musicologists
have written extended researches, but then..... It resolted to be a
geniously made fake by composer and violinist Mikhail Goldshtein (brother
of more famous Boris Goldstein) The revelation of that fact made even
more sensation than discovering of the symphony itself. When Mr.
Goldstein was asked why he did such a thing, he replyed that "if it was
a Symphony by Goldstein, nobody would play it".
M. Goldstein has written more music, always onder other's names, for
examlple Ivan Khandoshkin's Viola Concerto and eventually some other
I've also heard that after the death of Prokofiev Mr. Goldstein even had
a chance to get the paper with Prokofiev's seal and he has written some
beautifull "Prokofiev " pieces on it so that nobody could really prove
the fake neither by the style of music or hand wrighting.