Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture; Live from Lenin's London office
Tom Service hosts a panel of distinguished guests, Dr. Marina Frolova-Walker, Orlando Figes and Victoria Donovan to play and discuss music across the past hundred years in Russia.
Afternoon Concert becomes "A Century of Russian Culture" - for one afternoon, marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution.
LIVE from Lenin's office in London, where he edited "Iskra" in 1902-3, in what is now the Marx Memorial Library.
Tom Service hosts a panel of distinguished guests, Dr. Marina Frolova-Walker, Orlando Figes and Victoria Donovan to play and discuss music and culture across the past hundred years in Russia.
From the lead up to 1917, to the explosion of energy swiftly followed by social chaos and civil war, corralled into Socialist Realism in the early 1930s and harnessed to the will of the state, Russian Culture and music in particular illuminate ideas, individual lives and society as a whole against a backdrop of a suspicious and controlling state.
Including the first modern performance (given in Moscow in September) of a piece for choir and orchestra by a hero of Russian Futurism and ardent Bolshevik, Alexander Mosolov, who fell first from favour in the 30s and was then sentenced to hard labour in a Gulag.
Mosolov: Symphonic Poem
Evgenia Denisova (soprano)
Alina Miyshkina (mezzo-soprano)
Nizhny Novgorod Chamber Chorus
Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra