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The 1960s: A New Folk Wave

Folk culture finds its way into Soviet music as Donald Macleod and Marina Frolova-Walker explore the cultural legacy of the Russian Revolution.

One theme from the 1917 October lingered long into the Soviet era: the spirit of the proletarian revolutionary. Donald Macleod is joined once again by Marina Frolova-Walker to explore how folk culture found its way into art music following Stalin's death, including one composer's controversial reimagining of Bizet's famous Carmen.

Shchedrin:
Concerto for Orchestra no.1 'Naughty Limericks'
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

Carmen Suite (excerpts)
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

Sviridov:
Time, Forward!
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Konstantin Krimets (conductor)

Canticles and Prayers - Having Beheld a Strange Nativity
Credo Chamber Orchestra
Bogdan Plish (conductor)

Russia Cast Adrift (last 4 movements)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian (conductor).

1 hour

Music Played

  • Tikhon Khrennikov

    Cabaret Song

  • Rodion Shchedrin

    Concerto for orchestra no1 - Naughty Limericks

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG RECORDS : 471-136-2.
    • DG RECORDS.
    • 14.
  • Georgy Sviridov

    Time, Forward!

    Conductor: Konstantin Krimets.
    • BEL AIR: BAM2000.
    • BEL AIR.
    • 1.
  • Georgy Sviridov

    Canticles and Prayers - Having Beheld a Strange Nativity

    Orchestra: Credo Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Bogdan Plish.
    • Sviridov: Hymns and Prayers.
    • TOCCATA CLASSICS.
    • 7.
  • Georgy Sviridov

    Russia Cast Adrift (Extract)

    Performer: Constantine Orbelian.
    • Delos: DE1631.
    • Delos.
    • 9.

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