Arild Remmereit, host
Jonathan Girard, conductor
Jerry Hou, conductor
How did the revolution change Russian music? What was the music like pre-revolution? What pressures did the state put on its composers? Why did they accommodate the propaganda that was imposed?
Arild Remmereit opens the cases of Shostakovich and Prokofiev as well as their predecessor, Glinka. Their music could celebrate Soviet glory . . . their subtext would suggest the subversive. They paid the price with their creative freedom.