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An experience got through shock, a beauty seen through pain… How does a person explain their complicated relationship with art through the concepts of “pathos” and “pathetic”? In a new episode of our podcast, we trace the evolution of two categories through the centuries, from the Homeric epics to Tchaikovsky’s lyricism, from the works of […]
From the “wildest Russian nihilism” to the unfading classics. In a new episode of our podcast, we share a lecture on the history of the Violin Concerto in D major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, its performance and interpretation. In view of the composer’s 180th anniversary, it is the right time to look at the evolution […]
Pyotr Ilyich’s life journey consists of more than 150 points. From a happy childhood in Votkinsk and youth in St. Petersburg to “Souvenir de Florence” and a triumph at the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York. The world map gives a sense of the composer’s personal and creative scope. Moreover, an essential motif related […]
We’re now sharing with you the recording of “Sacred music by Soviet composers of the second half of the 20th century”, the lecture that concluded the Schnittke-focused Modern Audience Laboratory.
In the new Modern Audience Laboratory podcast, George Crumb’s song cycle is presented by Olga Manulkina (lecturer at Saint Petersburg University and author of “Ives to Adams: XXth Century American Music”). The discussion revolves around the composer’s fascination with Spanish poetry and the way the spirit of duende manifests itself in music by Manuel de […]
Beethoven is a classic of a caliber just as grand as his older contemporaries: Haydn and Mozart. His peers, however, deemed him an art revolutionary and a breaker of traditions. So who was that genius, respected by classical connoisseurs and the avant-garde crowd alike? Musicologist Larisa Kirillina, the leading Russian researcher of Beethoven’s works, gives […]