Pravda - The Music of the Soviet Era

A fascinating exploration of 20th century music, born out of the pressure and influence of the Soviet Era

Concerto Cappricio - Grigori Kalinkovich

5 Melodies (1) - Sergei Prokofiev

The Love for Three Oranges- March/Scherzo - Sergei Prokofiev

Duduk 1 - Gabriel Erkoreka

Dance Preludes - Witold Lutoslawski


5 Melodies (3) - Sergei Prokofiev

Polka, from 'The Age of Gold' - Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata - Edison Denisov

Sabre Dance - Aram Khachachurian

Out of Defiance

Herbert Howells' placid life was suddenly shattered after the death of his 9 year old son in 1935.  In 1971, the celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pré was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, cutting short her performing career at the age of 28.  Scots poet William Soutar was bedridden in 1930 at the age of 32 with a spinal disease.  

In this hour - long programme, we see the tragedies of a composer, performer and poet, and how their responses stand as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit.

Oboe Sonata arr. Banks - Herbert Howells

Glass - Graham Fitkin

After the Tryst - James Macmillan

On Fire - David Heath

© Lewis Banks 2018