Inside the Collections: 12 January - 27 March 2018
Barbican Music Library
The Centre for Russian Music opens up its collections for display at Barbican Music Library. This exhibition features rare Soviet scores, texts and vinyls in order to tell stories of Soviet composers’ complex negotiations with political power, and unusual lines of contact with the West. Contributions also come from the Bush Collection and from the Ivashkin-Schnittke Archive, which holds original compositional sketches by Alfred Schnittke. The Schnittke display marks 20 years since the composer’s death.
Evening Recital: Polyphonic Images
Julia Ryabova, piano
7pm, Thursday 1st March 2018
Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber
Khachaturian - Seven recitatives and fugues
Schnittke - Improvisation and fugue
Zaderatsky - Three Preludes and Fugues (1937-1938)
Bobylev - Polyphonic Game
Chopin - Fugue
Autumn Term 2017
Conference: Music and Revolution, REEM Annual Conference
Date: 15 December 2017
Further details here.
George Kovalevsky: Music Research Series Talk
Date: 4 December 2017
‘A Phenomenon of Hidden Word and Numbers in Alexander Knaifel's "Chapter Eight": To the Problem of Music interpretation of Biblical Texts’
Date: 2 November 2017
Location: Deptford Town Hall
Summer Term 2017
Conference: Between the Lands. Alexander Ivashkin Remembered
Date: 2-3 June 2017
Location: Depftord Town Hall, Goldsmiths
Organiser: Prof Natalia Pavlutskaya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download programme: Between the Lands Conference Schedule and Programme
Further details here.
Lecture-recital: Gianluca Imperato, 'The piano compositions of Reinhold Glière: Rediscovering the last romantic of the Soviet Union'
Date: Tuesday 6th June 2017, 6pm
Deptford Town Hall council room chambers, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Spring Term 2017
Evgeniya Kondrashina, Research Series Presentation
21 March, 5pm-6.30pm in RHB 309
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble: Project (r)Evolution
Following on from their workshop with composition undergraduates and postgraduates, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble give this evening concert on the theme of revolution.
Alexander Scriabin: "Five preludes", op.16, version for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
Nikolai Roslavets: "Nocturne" for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
Leonid Polovinkin: "Two Adventures" for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
Dmitri Shostakovich: "Three pieces" from opera "Nose", version for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
Roberto David Rusconi (UK/Ita): Journey before the past was lost: The Bletterbach (intro), with visuals by
Tju-La-Net (UK/Slo) for violin, clarinet, cello and piano (this piece supported using public funding by Arts Council England)
Reinhard Fuchs (UK): Tox (1b) for clarinet, cello and piano
Sarah Westwood (UK, Goldsmiths): "You are your memory" for flute, clarinet, cello and piano
The theme of the project is the "(r)Evolution" focused on the Russian vanguard of the beginning of the 20th Century and its ties to the ideas of the October’s Revolution of 1917, and the cultural and social consequences still influencing today's perspective on that historical and artistic period. 2017 is the Anniversary of the Russian October Revolution of 1917 and the programme represents varying creative interpretations of revolutionary (avant-garde) ideas.
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) was founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The ensemble focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. It is Russia’s foremost contemporary chamber ensemble and consists of some of the best Russian musicians specialising in modern music.
Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME):
Oleg Tantsov, clarinet
Ivan Bushuev, flute
Mikhail Dubov, piano
Gleb Khokhlov, violin
Ilia Rubinshtein, cello
With support from the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation
BOOK LAUNCH: SCHNITTKE STUDIES, ed. Gavin Dixon
Wednesday 22nd February, 6pm
Deptford Town Hall
Featuring talks by Gavin Dixon and Ivana Medic, followed by a recital of Schnittke's works:
Suite in the Old Style (Lana Trotovsek, violin and Yoko Misuml, piano)
String Trio, 2nd movement (Viktoria Zora, violin, Elena Artamonova, viola and
Rebecca Turner, cello)
Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano (Alisa Liubarskaya, cello and Harry Novakowski-Fox, piano)
Autumn Term 2016
Spring Term 2016 - Soviet Music Lecture Series
15 January 2016, RHB 164
CRM Graduate Student presentations:
Viktoria Zora: 'The dissemination of Soviet Music in the USA between 1942 and 1948'
Ondrej Gima: 'The Fiery Angel (Prokofiev and Bryusov): On recovering the original concept of The Fiery Angel libretto'
19 January 2016, RHB 308
Prof Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge): 'Stalin's Playlist'
9 February 2016, Deptford Town Hall
Dr Cameron Pyke: 'Benjamin Britten and Russia'
1 March 2016, RHB 352
Dr Gavin Dixon: 'Schnittke's Compositional Method'
26 April 2016, Deptford Town Hall
Dr Elena Artamonova: Lecture-Recital on the life and works of Grigori Frid
Programme, performed by Elena Artamonova (viola) and Christopher Guild (piano):
Grigori Frid: Sonata 'Phaedra' for Viola and Piano No.2, op. 78 (1985)
Alexander Vustin: 'In Memoriam Grigori Frid' (2014)
Spring Term 2015
12 February 2015, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Memorial Concert for Alexander Ivashkin
Performers from across the globe join together with Goldsmiths students past and present in this concert of sacred and secular Russian music, plus works for cello & tape by Gabriel Prokofiev and Alfred Schnittke.
Due to the death of Alexander Ivashkin in January, there were no CRM events held in 2014.
2 November 2013
Southbank Centre's festival "The Rest is Noise" held a weekend event on Politics and Spirituality, featuring performances of Gubaidulina's String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 performed by the Ligeti String Quartet.
18 November 2013
Oxford University Press held a special launch event for the release of Noelle Mann's edition of Russian Sacred Music, which included a performance by the Goldsmiths Chamber Choir, conducted by Caroline Lenton-Ward,
10 May 2013, South Bank Centre, 'The Art of Fear'
Jointly with the Southbank Centre: part of The Rest is Noise Festival, postgraduate students performed music by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Roslavets.
29 April 2013, Deptford Town Hall, Council Chamber
Discovering The Hidden Prokofiev
On the 60th anniversary of the composer Sergey Prokofiev’s death, and on the 30th anniversary of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation founded by Lina Prokofiev, three Goldsmiths scholars presented their latest discoveries on Prokofiev’s life and work based on the documents from the Serge Prokofiev Archive at Goldsmiths and on Prokofiev's manuscripts held in Moscow archives.
23 April 2013, jointly with Graduate Forum, Room 137, Main Building,
Dmitrii Smirnov on the world premiere of his new work commissioned and performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
23 March 2013, Deptford Town Hall, Council Chamber
Centre for Russian Music and the UK Liszt Society present Anton Rubinstein Discovery Day featuring performances and talks by Leslie Howard, Neil Latchman, Morgan Goff and Coady Green.
16 - 17 March 2013, Goldsmiths Great Hall
Orthodoxy, Music, Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe was a two-day conference dedicated to the interaction between music, politics, the plastic arts and Orthodox Christianity from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Conference/Festival organized by the Centre for Russian Music and the Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Department of Orthodox Theology, University of Eastern Finland, including lunchtime concert by the Goldsmiths Chamber Choir and evening concert by the English Chamber Choir conducted by Guy Protheroe.
For information and abstracts, click here
5 March 2013, Room 137, Main Building
Yaroslav Timofeev, the music reviewer for the leading Russian newspaper 'Izvestia' talks about current cultural and political situation in Russia.
8 February 2013, Deptford Town Hall, Council Chamber
Russian violinist Vadim Tchijik (Professor, Paris Conservatoire, France) presented a lunchtime concert with Leslie Howard, piano, followed by a string masterclass in the Great Hall, performing music by Dvorak and Prokofiev.
24 January 2013, Pushkin House, WC1A 2TA
Book Launch: Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film, ed. Alexander Ivashkin and Andrew Kirkman. Ashgate: 2012
Contemplating Shostakovich marks an important new stage in the understanding of Shostakovich and his working environment. Each chapter covers aspects of the composer’s output in the context of his life and cultural milieu. This invaluable collection offers remarkable new insight, in both depth and range, into the nature of the composer’s working circumstances and of his response to them. Including a performance of Shostakovich music by the students from the Purcell Music school.
11 December 2012, Room 137, Main Building
Stravinsky and Cage Remembered
Celebrating John Cage’s 100th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s only visit to the Soviet Union in 1962, Alexander Ivashkin shares his memoirs on John Cage’s and Igor Stravinsky’s visits to Soviet Russia.
29 November 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Idee Fixe (Greece) performing music by Dmitri Smirnov, Elena Firsova and other Post-Soviet Composers.
27 November 2012, Room 137
Christina Guillaumer's (RSAMD) talk Between Realism and Modernism: the Case of Sergei Prokofiev
22 November 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Conductor and pianist Alissa Firsova in talk and performance, with music by Beethoven, Dmitri Smirnov, Eleana Firsova, Rachmaninov and Balakirev/Glinka.
20 November 2012, Room 137
Katya Kornysheva (UCL) "Moving to Sounds: Brain mechanisms involved in auditory-motor integration of musical rhythms”
1 November, Council Chamber , Deptford Town Hall
Lisa Dreyden, soprano and Olga Thomas, piano/composer perform a programme of Russian Romances and Songs (Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rakhmaninov, Alexander Gretchaninov, Sergei Slonimsky, Olga Thomas). Olga will also talk about her own music commissioned and written for the Queen’s Jubilee.
25 October 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Kate Ryder discusses and performs new Post-Soviet piano works by Vladimir Tarnopolski, Faradzh Karaev, Elena Katz-Chernin, Vera Kul’kova, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky and Arvo Part.
5 October 2012, Great Hall
Goldsmiths Sinfonia and Chorus, conducted by Alexander Ivashkin, with Chien-Chun Lin, soprano
Tchaikovsky-Gardiner – Overture 1812 UK premiere of this version, celebrating 200th Anniversary of the event
Tchaikovsky - Tatyana's Letter Scene, from 'Eugene Onegin'
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije
Taneev - St John of Damascus, UK premiere.
8 May 2012, Cinema
Dr Ivana Medic (Manchecter University): From Keepsakers and Mementos to Symphonies and Concertos: On Alfred Schnittke's Sketches and Drafts from the Juilliard Manuscript Collection
Thursday 26 April – Sunday 29 April 2012: Interdisciplinary Symposium/Festival (M)other Russia: Evolution or Revolution Twenty Years since the Collapse of Communism Full Programme: (M)other Russia: Revolution or Evolution?
Tuesday 24 April 2012, Cinema
Professor Simon Morrison, Princeton University, USA, talks on Lina Prokofiev's life and destiny.
Thursday 15 March 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Celebrating arrival of new Steinway-D at Goldsmiths
The Tchaikovsky Competition 2011 Grand Prix Winner Daniil Trifonov will perform a short recital then give a Q&A session. Programme to include music by Mozart, Debussy and Chopin. More information here
Thursday 23 February 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Recital: Introduced and Performed by Verica Grmusa (soprano) with music by Mussorgsky, Rakhmaninov & Konjovic.
Tuesday 7 February 2012, Cinema
Alexander Ivashkin: Who’s Afraid of Socialist Realism: Stalin’s Crossover.
Alexander Ivashkin unveils and discusses classical and romantic idioms in Soviet Mass Culture and Film Music.
Tuesday 7 February 2012, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Alexander Ivashkin’s Masterclass: Russian Opera Arias and Art Songs.
Friday 27 January 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Celebrating arrival of new Steinway-D at Goldsmiths, with Professor Sergei Senkov, performing works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Rakhmaninov.
Tuesday 17 January 2012, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Alex McIntyre - Talk: 'Russian Schoenberg’ Nikolai Roslavets, and my discoveries in Moscow archives'
Coady Green (piano) performs Anton Rubinstein's Piano Etudes
13 January 2012, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre 'Sergei Prokofiev: Man of the People?'
The LPO Festival Opening Night.
Professor Alexander Ivashkin leads a discussion and performance of Prokofiev's works for the cello. Repertoire includes his unfinished solo Cello Sonata Op.133 - Prokofiev's final work - and his grandson Gabriel Prokofiev's Outta Pulser/Jerk Driver for nine cellos performed by TrinityGold Cello Ensemble, directed by Natalia Pavlutskaya.
6 December 2011, Cinema
Michelle Assay (Université de Paris Sorbonne) and David Fanning (University of Manchester) Shostakovich and Weinberg: a Dialogue.
1 December 2011, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Alex McIntyreon ‘Russian Schonberg’ – Nikolai Roslavets, on Boleslav Yavorsky’s system of ‘modal rhythm’ and on Sergei Protopopov’s music, as well on his recent trip to Moscow/ discoveries at Russian archives
24 November 2011, Great Hall, Goldsmiths
The Hidden Treasures of the Twentieth-century Russian Song
Irina Tutt and Nina Nikitina present and perform a unique selection of songs which explore the development of Russian song in 20th century: Sergei Rakhmaninov, Sergei Vasilenko, Vladimir Shcherbachev, Yuri Shaporin, Georgy Sviridov & Sergei Slonimsky.
24 October 2011, David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music.
Sergei Vasilenko. Complete Works for viola and piano, with Elena Artamonova, viola (Goldsmiths) and Nicholas Walker (RAM), launch event of new CD released by the Toccata Classics; presentation and performance.
20 October 2011, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Celebrating the arrival of new Steinway-D at Goldsmiths - Alissa Firsova presents and performs Russian and Post-Soviet piano music.
Anatoly Liadov: Variations on a Polish Folk Theme op.51; Peter Il’yich Tschaikovsky: Dumka op.59
Elena Firsova: ‘Hymn to Spring’ op.64; Alexander Scriabin: Poems Op. 32, No. 1 & 2
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata op.12; Dmitri Smirnov: ‘Blake-Sonata’ op.157
Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 2 (original version) op.36
7 October 2011, 7.30pm, Great Hall, Goldsmiths
As part of the Department of Music’s “Music Week” of intensive rehearsals, the Sinfonia and Chorus present an evening concert of Russian music.
Conductor: Alexander Ivashkin, Chorus master: Tom Hooper
Rossini: William Tell Overture; Shostakovich: Symphony No 6; Gretchaninov: Otche Nash
Rakhmaninov: V molitvakh Neusypayushchuyu; Mussorgsky: Angel Vopiyashe; Glazunov: Stikhira Paskhi
Edison Denisov: Clarinet Concerto, with Tim Phillips (clarinet soloist). UK PREMIERE
Prokofiev: Prosper, Our Mighty Land. UK PREMIERE
16 June 2011, 6 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Talk/Recital: Polina Proutskova sings and talks about traditional music from Russian villages.
14 June 2011, 6 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Talk/Recital: Elena Artamonova (viola) ‘Who was Sergei Vasilenko: new discoveries in Russian archives’
Elena Artamonova presents a programme which will include some of Vasilenko's published and unpublished works for viola and piano, including a sonata, pieces of the early 1950's and 'Four Pieces on the Themes of Lute Players'. With Nicholas Walker (piano)
20 April 2011, Russian Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia
Michael Young talks about Goldsmiths EMS
Alexander Ivashkin conducts a chamber music masterclass
19 April 2011, Russian Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia.
Roger Redgate talks about British Music
18 April 2011, The Rakhmaninov Hall, Moscow Conservatoire, Moscow, Russia.
Michael Young talks about his music and ideas
Performance - Rodger Redate: Black Icons, for cello and ensemble, World Premiere. Performed by Alexander Ivashkin and The Studio for New Music Ensemble (Moscow) conducted by Igor Dronov
16 April 2011, The Conference Hall, Moscow Conservatoire, Moscow, Russia
Festival 'Europe as seen by Russians, Russia as seen by Europeans' (sponsored by the European Commission)
Roger Redgate talks about his music and ideas.
15 March 2011, 4.30 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Swiss Composer Francesco Hoch on Swiss music, his own compositions and his love for Russia.
The Nyx Ensemble and Rebecca Wiles (piano) perform works by Francesco Hoch
3 March 2011, 6 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Guest Professor Tatiana Tsaregradskaya (Russian Academy of Music, Moscow) talks about recent developments in Russian classical and popular music
10 February 2011, 7 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
The Ligeti Quartet performs string quartets by Sergei Prokofiev (No.1),
Gabriel Prokofiev (No. 1) and Sofia Gubaidulina (No. 3)
Pre-concert talk by Alexander Ivashkin
3 February 2011, 6 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Talk: Alexander Ivashkin: Understanding Shostakovich
Concert: The Allegri Quartet performs string quartets by Shostakovich and Beethoven
1 February 2011, 4.30 pm, Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Gabriel Prokofiev in conversation/concert
21 January 2011, 7.30 pm, Great Hall, Goldsmiths
The Goldsmiths Sinfonia, conducted by Alexander Ivashkin perform an evening of Russian music, entitled 'Between Modernism and Socialist Realism'.
Mossolov: Iron Foundry; Khachaturian: Piano Concerto (with Magdalena Krzyzanowska, piano solo); Shostakovich: Symphony No 9
9 December, 6pm Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Remembering Noëlle Mann
With Serge Prokofiev, Jr, Fiona MacKinight, David Nice and Alexander Ivashkin.
8 December, 7.45pm Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Concert in memory of Noëlle Mann
Included the performance of Prokofiev's Cantata Seven, They Are Seven, Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No 6, Prokofiev's Cello Sonata and Russian Orthodox Church Music.
Performed by Barbara Nissman (piano), Alexander Ivashkin (cello), Dmitri Alexeyev (piano), Goldsmiths Chamber Choir and Goldsmiths Sinfonia. Conducted by Alexander Ivashkin and Tim Hooper.
(The manuscript of Prokofiev's Seven, They Are Seven was recently acquired by the Prokofiev Archive at Goldsmiths).
16 November, 4.30pm Small Hall, Goldsmiths
Music Graduate Forum: Talk by Tara Wilson: Russia will Rock You! - The Influence of British Seventies 'Prog' Rock on the Post-Minimalist Aesthetic and Practice of Vladimir Martynov.
4 November, 6pm The Great Hall
Lecture/Recital: Mily Balakirev (1836 -1910) A Celebration. Talk and Recital by Nicholas Walker (as part of London Balakirev Festival).
4 November, 2pm Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
Afternoon Performance: Elena Nalimova and Chetham's School Students play works by Galina Ustvolskaya, Alexander Knaifel, Alyosha Nikolaev and Dmitri Shostakovich.
28 October, 6pm RHB 167, Goldsmiths
Lecture/Recital: Rex Lawson talks and plays Russian Music on Pianola
10 June Research Seminar by Professor Ilya Levinson (Chicago, USA)
George Gershwin and Joseph Schillinger. The Schillinger's System of Music Composition as found in Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' with Goldsmiths students performing Levinson's own compositions influenced by Schillinger.
3 June Elena Firsova at 60
Composer Elena Firsova in conversation with Alexander Ivashkin, followed by a concert featuring new works by Elena Firsova, with Karine Georgian (cello) and Goldsmiths Strings, with Alexander Ivashkin (conductor)
9 February Research Forum with CRM Research students:
Elena Artamonova: Nikolay Roslavets: Violinist and his Dream of “New Unheard Worlds of Sound”
Roslavets was one of the most intriguing representatives of the group of composers later called Russian Avant-Garde Composers or Modernists. Roslavets invented what he called “The New System of Organised Sounds” which received special attention among his contemporaries. This paper analyses the factors that made a successful amateur violinist from a village band become an authority in the field of composition and music theory.
Cameron Pyke: Researching Britten and Shostakovich
Cameron will examine the creative relationship between Britten and Shostakovich from 1960 to 1975. His paper explores the sources that he is using, which include interviews and archival materials (from Britten-Pears Library and the Shostakovich Archive in Moscow) and the wider problems of identifying musical influence. He will review the crossover between Britten's and Shostakovich's Rostropovich-inspired works for the cello from 1960 onwards, and possible areas of creative exchange between the composers.
Tara Wilson: More hated than Philip Glass? The Rise and Fall of Vladimir Martynov and his Response to (Just?) Criticism over 'Vita Nuova'.
Tara will discuss recent London/New York premieres of Martynov's opera Vita Nuova and his new book 'The Case of Martynov', just published in Moscow.
3 December Performers of Russian Diasporas in the twentieth and twenty-first century
Dmitri Smirnov in conversation with Anatole Liebermann (Paris) and Alissa Firsova (London), followed by a recital by Anatole Liebermann (cello) and Alissa Firsova (piano)
Bach: Solo Cello Suite BWV 1008
Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 40
Elena Firsova: Per Slava, for solo cello (2007)
Rakhmaninov: Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 19 (1901)
21 November - 22 November Schnittke: Between Two Worlds
International symposium, recitals, discussions and exhibition of archival materials, jointly presented by CRM, RMA, Schnittke Archive, LPO, Southbank Centre, Alfred Schnittke Akademie Hamburg, Schnittke Centre, Moscow and Schnittke Gesellschaft, Germany.
Including the CD Schnittke Discoveries, presentations based on the materials from Schnittke archive and world premiere of Schnittke's Concerto for electric instruments (in association with EMS); Mariano Nunez West, sound designer and producer.
Between Two Worlds gets good reviews
17 November Research Forum presented by:
Alexander Ivashkin talks about the Centre for Russian Music, its collections and activities.
Ekaterina Mordasova (The Rakhmaninov State Institute, Tambov, Russia) talks about unknown documents and sources in Rakhmaninov's museum and archive in Ivanovka, Russia. Mordasova will also perform Rakhmaninov’s Moments Musicaux, Op. 16, and his Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33.
[Ekaterina Mordasova's visit is a part of exchange programme between CRM and The Rakhmaninov Institute, Russia]
CRM research performance students presentations:
Magdalini Nikolaidou presents her research and creative work: Rakhmaninov’s Piano Style
Elena Artamonova presents her research and creative work: Nikolai Roslavets and new music for viola
22 October World as a large symphony. Composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1975 – 1911).
In association with the Embassy of Lithuania.
Talk by George Kennaway, University of Leeds, followed by a recital of piano works by Čiurlionis
Rebecca Wiles (piano). Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Nocturne in F# minor VL 178 (1900)
Nocturne in C# minor VL 183 (1901)
Prelude in B minor VL 182a (1900-1902)
Prelude in F major VL 188 (1901)
Cycle of Small Landscapes, 'The Sea', 2nd movement VL 317b (1908)
Preludes VL 300 (1906) & VL 302 (1906)
18 June The lady with the hammer - Music and ideas of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919 - 2006)
Rachel Foulds (speaker), Elena Nalimova (piano) and Alexander Ivashkin (cello)
11 June (as part of the PureGold Festival) The Music of the 'Northern Venice' - new music from St Petersburg, Russia. Two visiting composers from St Petersburg - Alexander Radvilovich (b. 1955) and Nastasia Khruscheva (b. 1987) - in conversation with Roger Redgate and Alexander Ivashkin followed by Victoria Soames-Samek (clarinet) and Stephen Bingham (violin) join Alexander Radvilovich in performance of his work 1,2,3 for violin, clarinet and piano and Nastasia Khrushcheva performs her Two Preludes and Fuges for Well Prepared Klavier.
7 May Piano Recital by Alissa Firsova
Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Dmitri Smirnov: Sonata No. 6, "Blake"
Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 2 (original version 1913)
2 May VTB Capital Prize for Young Cellists, Finals at The Wigmore Hall as part of the Rostropovich Remembered Festival
The VTB Capital Prize for Young Cellists
The VTB Capital Prize Gold went to 18 year-old French cellist Yan Levionnois, the shared VTB Capital Silver Prize went to Misha Nemtsov ( Russia) and to Polish cellist Adam Krzeszowiec. The VTB Capital Bronze Prize went to Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser.
Yan Levionnois also received a performance contract with the London Philharmonic orchestra, as well as a contract with the Janacek Philharmonia Orchestra in Czech Republic. Stjepan Hauser won a performance contract with Cape Philharmonic, Cape Town, South Africa.
1 May Galina Ustvolskaya in memoriam (1919-2006)
Rachel Foulds on Ustvolskaya, followed by a recital by Elena Nalimova (piano)
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, op.87
Shostakovich: Ten Aphorisms, op.13
Alexey Nikolayev: Sonata N2
Galina Ustvolskaya: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1952) with Anna Cashell (violin)
Both Rachel Foulds and Elena Naimova conducted extensive research at the Galina Ustvolskaya's Archive (the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel, Switzerland), as well as in the composer's native city of St Petersburg.
25 April , Round 1
5 March Russia As Seen By Britten, Britain As Seen By Russians
Cameron Pyke: Britten’s creative response to Russia (based on materials from Britten’ s diaries at Britten - Pears Library) followed by a recital by Richard Black, performing the monumental Passacaglia on DSCH by Ronald Stevenson (the piece Shostakovich was inspired by while composing his Sonata for Violin and piano)
14 February (M)other Russia: A Study Day - Researching and Performing Russian Music
with special guest Vladimir Martynov (Moscow) in conversation with Roger Redgate and Alexander Ivashkin
Tara Wilson: Vladimir Martynov and the "Rebirth' of (Russian) Music: Space, Time, Ritual and Performance
Vladimir Martynov: performs his piano work Bricolage
Anna Kounadi: What did Scriabin actually play? followed by her performance of Scriabin Piano Sonata No.2
Elena Artamonova: Russian viola as a reflection of traditional and modern. From Roslavets to our days, including performances of works by Vasilenko, Kovalev and Schnittke. (with Rebecca Wiles, piano)
Rachel Foulds: An Equivocal Relationship and Acrimonious Split: A Chronicle of Influence in the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Galina Ustvolskaya.
Elena Nalimova (piano) and Pavlos Carvalho (cello) performGalina Ustvolskaya Six Piano Preludes (1953) and Grand Duet for Violoncello and Piano (1959)
Drosostalitsa Moraiti: Pleasant against irritating: evolution of Schnittke's Piano style followed by a piano recital by Drosostalitsa Moraiti
Schnittke: Piano Preludes, 1953-55 (world premiere)
Korndorf: Yarilo (1981), for piano and tape
22 January CRM / Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures presents: Armenia: First Christian Ex-Soviet Country
Culture, Composition, Politics – Series One, with special guest leading Armenian composer Ashot Zohrabyan in conversation with Alexander Ivashkin, followed by music by Ashot Zohrabyan played by Goldsmiths students
4 December CRM / Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures presents: Culture, Composition, Politics – Series One, with special guest composer Vladimir Tarnopolski, Professor of Composition, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, in conversation with Alexander Ivashkin. Followed by a screening of Tarnopolski’s multimedia-opera Beyond the Shadow (after Plato and Plinius).
Vladimir Tarnololski will also speak about his music and current cultural situation in Russia for Goldsmiths students on Friday 5 December.
20 November CRM / Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures presents: Culture, Composition, Politics – Series One
Dmitri Smirnov at 60! Composer Dmitri Smirnov in conversation with Alexander Ivashkin followed by a recital of music by Dmitri Smirnov, with Alissa Firsova (piano), Harriet Mackenzie (violin), Philippa Mo (violin), Alexander Ivashkin (cello) and Goldsmiths Strings.
1 May Galina Ustvolskaya (1919 – 2006) in memoriam: Galina Ustvolskaya, the Znamenny Raspev and the Greek Connection
Talk by Rachel Foulds, followed by Elena Nalimova (piano) performing works by Galina Ustvolskaya.
Both Rachel Foulds and Elena Naimova conducted extensive research at the Galina Ustvolskaya’s Archive (the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel, Switzerland) as well as in the composer’s native city of St Petersburg.
24 April East meets West Paradox of Logic and Logic of Paradox
Faradzh Karaev, Russian - Azeri composer and Professor of composition (Moscow State Conservatoire) will talk about his music and Eastern elements in it, followed by a recital of music by Faradzh Karaev. Played by the composer, in collaboration with Goldsmiths students.
13 March Alfred Schnittke in memoriam (10th Anniversary of his death) Beyond Good and Evil? Discourses on Morality in Schnittke's 3rd Symphony given by Dr Gavin Dixon (The Horniman Museum), whose PhD thesis on Schnittke was based on his extensive research work at the Schnittke Archive at Goldsmiths as well as in Moscow. Followed by a recital by Drosostalitsa Moraiti (piano), performing
J.S.Bach: Fantasia and Fuga in A minor
Berg: Sonata Op.1
Rachmaninov: Etude Tableaux Op. 39 in A minor & Eb minor
Schnittke: Sonata No. 3
21 February Remembering Slava: Mstislav Rostropovich in memoriam
[part of the concert series given by Irina Schnittke and Alexander Ivashkin in London, Paris, St Petersburg and Moscow - Rostropovich’s four major home cities]
Larissa Chirkova (Curator, Mstislav Rostropovich Archive in St Petersburg), Lilian and Victor Hochhauser (Rostropovich’s impresarios in London since 1970s) and Irina Schnittke (pianist, Rostropovich’s friend and colleague, the widow of the composer) in conversation with Alexander Ivashkin.
Followed by a recital by Irina Schnittke (piano) and Alexander Ivashkin (cello), performing
Prokofiev: Sonata for cello and piano (1949), premiered by M. Rostropovich
Shostakovich: Moderato (1934)
Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano Op. 40
Rostropovich: Humoresque, Op. 5
Schnittke: Sonata for cello and piano No 2, 1992 (dedicated to M.Rostropovich)
Schnittke: Epilogue from ‘Peer Gynt’, 1991 (dedicated to M. Rostropovich)
31 January Post-Soviet Music: Stylistic Plurality and Gnosticism, Unity of Style and Orthodoxy: the Dialectics of Spirituality in Late Soviet/Early Post-Soviet Music
Talk by Dr Levon Hakobian (Moscow Institute of Arts Studies), author of the books Shostakovich and Music of the Soviet Age followed by a recital with Stjepan Hauser (cello) and Anton Lyakhovsky (piano)
Rakhmaninov: Sonata for cello and piano
Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano
24 January Russian composers today: Professor Leonid Bobylyov (Moscow State Conservatoire) will talk about his own music and music by new generation of Russian composers, followed by Lenid Bobylyov playing his own piano compositions.
6 December Rakhmaninov and the traditions of Russian musical education by Professor Alexander Bazikov,Director of the Rakhmaninov State Conservatoire, Tambov, Russia, followed by a piano recital by Rebecca Wiles
Beethoven: 32 Variations
Rakhmaninov: Four Preludes
Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus (Nos.13 and 11)
1 November Anzel Gerber on Russian Cello Performance School Traditions followed by her performance of
Rubinstein: Sonata No. 2
Chudova: new piece for solo cello
Shostakovich: Sonata Op. 40
25 October Russian Piano traditions
Manolis Neophytou (piano) performs:
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Etude Op.12 No.12
Tchaikovsky: Russian dance, Razmichlenie
Rachmaninov: Prelude Op.2 No.1, Elegie Op.2 No.2
Rimsky-Korsakoff/ Rachmaninov: The flight of the Bumblebee
Rachmaninov: Prelude Op.32 No.5
Albeniz: Prelude in g minor
5 October Evening Concert: Goldsmiths Sinfonia and Chorus, conducted by Alexander Ivashkin, with a pre-concert talk by Noelle Mann
Ives: Washington's Birthday
Prokofiev: Songs of our days, Cantata (1937) UK premiere of the Prokofiev's Cantata written at the time of Stalin's terror. Later, during the so-called 'Khrushchev thaw' all references to Stalin had been removed from the text. The Cantata will be performed with its original text.
Jennifer Hunt (mezzo soprano), Hamish Gallie (baritone).
Centre for Russian Music 2000-2010
Major Public Events
Unknown, Forgotten and Remembered. A Russian Easter Weekend in London. Festival and Symposium. In association with the Purcell School.
Southbank Centre, London
Mstislav Rostropovich Masterclass
Deptford Town Hall, London
Shostakovcich : 25 Years On. International Festival and Symposium. In association with RSNO.
Glasgow Concert Hall, Glasgow
A Day of Sofia Gubaidulina. In association with Hans Sikorski Publishers, Hamburg
Southbank Centre, London
Rodion Shchedrin at 70. Festival/Discovery Day. In the presence and with the participation of the composer.
Wigmore Hall, London
Festival: 50 Years After Stalin
The Southbank Centre, London
The Prokofievs – Three Generations
Festival, Exhibition, Symposium. In collaboration with the Prokofiev Foundation.
Blackheath Halls, London
Prokofiev – Celebration ( 50 years since his death). Jointly with The Prokofiev Foundation
St John, Smiths Square, London
Soviet Avant-garde: yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Festival/Symposium
Southbank Centre, London
Shostakovich Discovery Day
in collaboration with the Shostakovich Society UK)
Deptford Town Hall, London
The Rakhmaninov Weekend (in collaboration with Sergei Rakhmaninov Society, The Netherlands).
Deptford Town Hall, London
Prokofiev Study Day – jointly with the Prokofiev Foundation and RMA<
Deptford Town Hall, London
Schnittke in memoriam. Discovery Day.
Wigmore Hall, London
Russian Performance Traditions Today. Summer School
Deptford Town Hall
Shostakovich - 100
Festival/Symposium, in association with M-me Irina Shostakovich, Centre Chostakovitch, Paris, Shostakovich Archive, Moscow, Shostakovich Society, UK, Rutgers University, USA.
Southbank Centre, London
Prokofiev - 'Songs of our days', Cantata (1937)
UK premiere of the Prokofiev's Cantata written at the time of Stalin's terror.
Goldsmiths Great Hall, London
Mstislav Rostropovich in memoriam, in association with Hans Sikorski Publishers, Hamburg, The Rostropovich Archive, St Petersburg. With Sofia Gubaidulina ( speaker)
Deptford Town Hall, London
Performing new Russian music. Discovery Day, in association with LPO and Russian Composers Union
Goldsmiths Great Hall, London
A Rostropovich Day, incorporating the inaugural VTB International competition
Wigmore Hall, London
Between Two worlds (Music by Alfred Schnittke), Festival/Symposium, jointly with LPO, Southbank Centre, RMA, including the world premieres performed by Goldsmiths students.
Southbank Centre, London
Elena Firsova at 60
including a talk with the composer and the world premiere of her work written for Goldsmiths students.
Karine Georgian, solo cello, Goldsmiths students, Alexander Ivashkin, conductor
Deptford Town Hall, London