Between the 1917 Revolution and the death of Stalin, Soviet creation went from being a fertile and imaginative avant-garde to the most violent imposition of the dogmas of “socialist realism”. The compositional trends and the relationships the composers of the period maintained with the authorities of the regime are the themes that make up the concerts in this series. The seven composers reflect the difficult co-existence between musical creation and political power. While Khachaturian and Kabalevsky had lukewarm relationships with the official apparatus, Shostakovich and Prokofiev were in turn subject to official recognition and public condemnation. An enemy of the Revolution, Rachmaninoff would choose exile from its outbreak, while Weinberg would be saved from a death sentence as a result of Shostakovich’s intervention. They are joined by the enigmatic figure of Galina Ustvolskaya, whose work was subjected to a silence from which it is only now beginning to emerge.
Concerts in this series
- Dúo Moreno Gistaín
Soviet music: from the Revolution to Stalin. In commemoration of the exhibition "Aleksandr Deineka (1899-1969). An Avant-Garde for the Proletariat" (II)Mariana Gurkova
Soviet music: from the Revolution to Stalin. In commemoration of the exhibition "Aleksandr Deineka (1899-1969). An Avant-Garde for the Proletariat" (III)Oxalys and Boyan Vodenitcharov