This is the time. The Romanoffs hold court, but the great divide between the Aristocrats and the Common Folk is growing too wide. And then it’s 1917 – and the whole thing comes crumbling down. From the ashes, the great promise, the new way: Communism. And of course, the even greater disappointment that follows.
But what of the music? Did it hold a mirror up to this turbulent time, reflecting its unrest? Did it tell an otherwise unspeakable, hidden truth? Or was it an escape for the composers, living and writing in a country that they loved but that, daily, became more and more foreign to them? The lives and music of such giants as Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Tcherepnin, Rachmaninoff and Sviridov, in a time of great tragedy, great change, great hope.
Concert held on September 27, 2015