Could the Iron Curtain have made culture beyond Soviet borders more alluring? Donald Macleod explores music written by Russians determined to look beyond political boundaries.
Could the Iron Curtain have made musical culture beyond Soviet borders more alluring? Donald Macleod and Marina Frolova-Walker find out, as they explore music written by Soviet composers who spent much of their time looking towards European trends. Plus music by a unique Russian voice who spent his career immersed in the world of jazz.
Denisov: Song about a Finger (from Sun of the Incas)
Natalia Zagorinskaya (soprano)
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
Denisov: Bagatelle No.3
Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
Kapustin: Variations, Op.41
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Schnittke: Title: Concerto Grosso No.1
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Tatiana Grindenko (violin)
Yuri Smirnov (harpsichord, prepared piano)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Heinrich Schiff (conductor)
Schnittke: Pastorale (Suite in the Old Style)
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Petr Limonov (piano).