Music Recordings in the Cold War: Relationships and Iconography
How did Soviet and Russian classical music spread through the West during the Cold War? What impression of this strange land, the Soviet Union, did it produce? Was it the music of a friend or a foe?
In this talk, Evgeniya investigates the role of Soviet classical music recordings in cultivating relationships and perceptions in the West, with a focus on the UK. By the 1960s, recordings became a powerful tool for mass distribution of classical music, often more effective than concerts in reaching a wider and geographically more dispersed audience. Western companies actively sought out opportunities to acquire recordings by Soviet musicians and engaged them in making records while on tour.
Evgeniya will analyse the movement of music recordings, motivations of agents and connections within UK–Soviet relations. The talk will critically investigate the perceptual biases around Soviet and Russian music that manifested themselves in the choice of repertoire and imagery for Soviet classical music records in the UK. The evening will include looking at old record covers and listening to old vinyls of Soviet and Russian classical music.
The Music Research Series is designed to help postgraduate students advance their research and careers. The events stimulate exchange, hones skills, facilitates the creation of professional networks and helps to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community, all over a glass of wine! Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students (MA, MMus and PGR) in Music but of course undergraduates, music researchers, and visitors from across the college and the community are also most welcome to these public lectures.
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|21 Mar 2017||5:00pm - 6:30pm|
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