Glazunov's The Seasons and Schnittke's Choir Concerto.
Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture. Ian Skelly introduces performances of Glazunov's The Seasons of 1900 and Schnittke's Choir Concerto.
Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture
Ian Skelly introduces a performance of Glazunov's ballet score to The Seasons, first performed in February 1900 at the Imperial Theatre of the Hermitage in the presenceof the glittering Imperial court. Also tonight, a performance of a masterpiece by Alfred Schnittke setting words of an Armenian version of The Book of Lamentations. It was written in the mid-1980s when Schnittke and other Russians felt able to explore their interest in the Orthodox church. Its language is rooted in the great Orthodox choral tradition.
Presented by Ian Skelly.
Glazunov: Prelude to the suite 'From the Middle Ages, Op.79
Verbier Festival Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)
Schnittke: Concerto for Choir
Swedish Radio Chorus, Peter Dijkstra (director)
Glazunov: The Seasons, Op.67
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor).