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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
Sergei Kondrashev.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pierre Degeyter

    The Internationale

    Performer: Unknown Russian Choir.
    • Songs of Revolution and Civil War.
    • FOLKWAYS.
    • 1.
  • Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky

    Final movement Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, Op 23

    Performer: Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör. Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Neeme Järvi.
    • Miaskovsky: SYmphony No 6.
    • DG.
    • 4.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Allegro molto, 4th Movement Symphony No 1 in F minor , Op 10

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Victory, from Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution

    Performer: Philharmonia Chorus. Performer: Philharmonia. Performer: Neeme Järvi. Author: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.
    • Prokofiev: Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October revolution.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 7.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Violin Concerto in D minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Warner.
  • Nikita Bogoslovsky

    Dark is the Night

    Singer: Yulya. Ensemble: Unidentified band.
    • Midnight in Moscow.
    • MONITOR.
    • 5.
  • Vladimir Vysotsky

    La Chasse aux Loups

    Performer: Vladimir Vysotsky.
    • Vysotsky: le Vol Arrete.
    • Chant du monde.
    • 18.
  • Alexander Mosolov

    Symphonic Poem

    Singer: Evgenia Denisova. Singer: Alina Miyshkina. Choir: Nizhny Novgorod Chamber Chorus. Orchestra: Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sergei Kondrashev.
    • Alexander Mosolov: Orchestral Works.
    • Radio orpheus.
    • 3.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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