Recent publications


CRM Recent Publications/Symposia/Festivals

Selected Books and Articles
Kondrashina, Evgeniya. 'Soviet Music Recordings and Cold War Cultural Relations' in Entangled East and West: Cultural Diplomacy and Artistic Interactions during the Cold War, eds. Simo Mikkonen, Jari Parkkinen and Giles Scott-Smith (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018), 193 – 216.

Wilson, Tara (2018) In Air Clear and Unseen (1994): Texts, Sub-Texts and Intonations Within the Piano Quintet of Alexander Knaifel; The Art of Music: Theory and History: Online Journal of the Institute of Art and Historical Studies, Moscow:

Alexander, Tamsin. ‘Decentralising via Russia: Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar in Nice, 1890’, Cambridge Opera Journal, Vol.27, No.1 (2015), 35-62.

Alexander, Tamsin. 'Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin in Britain, 1892–1906: Slipping between High and Low, Future and Past, East and West', Musiktheorie, No.3 (2015), 223-234.

Artamonova, Elena (past CRM student). 'Unknown Sergey Vasilenko and His Viola Compositions: Recent Discoveries in Russian Archives', Journal of American Viola Society, Vol. 28, No.1 (2012), 33-47.

Berman, Boris (Associate CRM member). Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer. New Haven-London: Yale University Press, 2008.

Dixon, Gavin (Ed.) (Former CRM student and current visiting research fellow). Schnittke Studies. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017.

Dixon, Gavin. 'Das Böse und seine Auswirkungen: Dunkle Kräfte und Zerstörung der Identität in Schnittkes 3. Sinfonie' (Evil and its Effects: Dark Forces and the Erosion of Identity in Schnittke's Third Symphony), trans. Felicitas Dixon and Thomas Kohnen, in Alfred Schnittke. Analyse - Interpretation - Rezeption [Alfred Schnittke. Analysis - Interpretation - Reception], edited by Christian Storch and Amrei Flechsig. Hildesheim, Zurich and New York: Olms, 2010: 91-107.

Dixon, Gavin. 'Distance Processes and the Nature of Quotation in the Mahler/Schnittke Piano Quartet', in Al'fredu Shnitke posviashchaetsia [Dedicated to Alfred Schnittke] Vol.3 (MGIM im. A.G. Shnitke [Alfred Schnittke Conservatory] Moscow: Kompozitor, 2003: 187-195.

Dixon, Gavin. 'Interacting Structural Concepts in Schnittke's Fourth Symphony' in Al'fredu Shnitke posviashchaetsia [Dedicated to Alfred Schnittke] Vol.3 (MGIM im. A.G. Shnitke [Alfred Schnittke Conservatory] Moscow: Kompozitor, 2003: 196-226.

Fanning, David (Associate CRM member). Mieczyslaw Weinberg. In Search of Freedom. Hofheim: Wolke, 2010.

Hibberd, Kristian (CRM PhD student). 'Shostakovich and “Polyphonic” Creativity: The Fourteenth Symphony Revisited’, in Shostakovich Studies 2, edited by Pauline Fairclough. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ivashkin, Alexander (Ed.) A Schnittke Reader. Bloomington /Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2002. Supported by The Leverhulme Trust Research Grant.

Ivashkin, Alexander (Ed.). Schnittke- stat’y o myzyke [Schnittke: writings on music]. Moscow, Kompozitor, 2004. 

Ivashkin, Alexander . 'Cooling the volcano: Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto Op. 58 and ‘Symphony-Concerto’ Op. 125.', Three Oranges, Journal of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation, No. 18 (2009), 7-14.

Ivashkin, Alexander and Andrew Kirkman (Eds.). Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012. Includes Ivashkin’s article ‘Shostakovich, Old Believers and New Minimalists’. Supported by BA Research Grant.

Ivashkin, Alexander. Besedy s Alfredom Schnittke [Alfred Schnittke: conversations]. Second, Revised Russian Edition: Moscow: ‘Klassika-XXI”, 2003. Japanese Edition. Tokyo: Shunjusha Publishing Company, 2003.

Ivashkin, Alexander. 'Kod Schnittke' ['The Schnittke Code']. In  Al'fredu Schnittke posviashchaetsia [Dedicated to Alfred Schnittke: Schnittke Yearbook, 8]. Moscow: Kompozitor (2011), 13-24.

Ivashkin, Alexander. Rostropovich. Tokyo: Shunjusha Publishing Company, 2007.

Ivashkin, Alexander. 'Russian Rules', ABC Limelight, 2007/1, Sydney, Australian Broadcasting Corporation: 32-35.

Ivashkin, Alexander. 'Symbols, Metaphors and Irrationalities in Twentieth-Century Russian Music' in Mimesi, Verità e Fiction. Roma: Edusc, 2009: 69-87.

Jeremiah-Foulds, Rachel (former CRM PhD student). 'Galina Ustvolskaya and the Shostakovich Years' in Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, 2010: 20-25.

Jeremiah-Foulds, Rachel. 'The Masculine Versus the Feminine in the Work of Soviet Composer Galina Ustvolskaya.'  Esharp Journal, No.9, Gender, Power and Authority,

Leikin, Anatole (Associate CRM member). The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.

McMillin, Arnold (CRM member). Writing in a Cold Climate: Belarusian Literature from the 1970s to the Present Day. London: Maney, 2010.

McMillin, Arnold. 'Russian Music in and around Chekhov', Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, Vol.18, No.1-2 (2005), 1-16.Medic, Ivana (visiting CRM research fellow).. “Representation of the Cross in Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 3”, Musikgeschichte in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Heft 16, Institut für Musikwissenschaft der Universität Leipzig, 2015, 140153.

“Opera i kraj komunizma: Život s idiotom Alfreda Šnitkea” [Opera and the End of Communism: Alfred Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot], The Annual of the Institute of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television No. 28, Belgrade, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, 2015, 5974.

Medic, Ivana. ‘On Stolen Sketches, Missing Pages and Playing a Musical Detective: Catalogue of Alfred Schnittke’s Sketches from the Juilliard Manuscript Collection’, in Music Identities on Paper and Screen, edited by Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman et al. Belgrade, Faculty of Music (2014), 348-61.

Medic, Ivana. “In the Orbit of Shostakovich: Vasilije Mokranjac’s Symphonies”, Music and Society in Eastern Europe, C. Schlacks, Idyllwild CA, 8 (2013), 1-22.

Medic, Ivana. ‘The Sketches for Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No.3 and What They (Don’t) Tell us’, Musicology, Vo.15 (2013), 169-213.

Medic, Ivana. 'Introduction to the Catalogue of Alfred Schnittke's Manuscripts from the Juilliard Manuscript Collection.' In Al'fredu Schnittke posviashchaetsia [Dedicated to Alfred Schnittke: Schnittke Yearbook, 8]. Moscow: Kompozitor, 2011: 109-157.

Pyke, Cameron (former CRM PhD student). 'Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony - a response to Britten's War Requiem?' In Benjamin Britten: New Perspectives on His Life and Work, edited by Lucy Walker. Boydell and Brewer, 2009.

Pyke, Cameron. Benjamin Britten and Russia. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2016.

Shevtsova, Maria (CRM member). Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance. London: Routledge, 2004; translated into Romanian and Korean, 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Wilson, Tara (former CRM PhD student). ‘Au-delà du son et du silence : le post-minimalisme russe comme idéologieet pratique...’ : Revue No. In Musiques Nouvelles (2006), 53-57.

Wilson, Tara. Nikolai Korndorf’s Passacaglia: Addressing the Dichotomy between the ‘Poietic’ and the ‘Esthesic'': Nikolai Korndorf. Moscow: Scientific Publishing Centre of the Moscow Conservatoire, 2015.

Wilson, Tara. 'Letter to V. Martynov and G. Pelecis (1999): Intertextuality and Meaning within the Final Piano Work of Nikolai Korndorf', Music and Culture, Vol.2, No.4 (2016), pp. 17-25.

Editions and Reconstructions:

  • Ivashkin, Alexander (Ed.). Schnittke. Nagasaki. Schnittke Symphony No. 0. Reconstruction of the manuscripts, and the first recording. BIS 1647, Stockholm, 2008.
  • Ivashkin, Alexander and Moraiti, Drosostalitsa (CRM PhD student). Schnittke’s Piano Preludes. Reconstruction of the manuscript and world premiere recording. Schnittke. Discoveries. Toccata Classics, TOCC 0091, London, 2009:
  • Alexander Ivashkin. Prokofiev. Songs of our Days. Cantata ( 1937). Reconstruction and 1st UK performance. London, 2009.
  • Berman, Boris (Ed.). Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Sonatas. Performance edition (Shanghai: SMPH, 2011).
  • Ivashkin, Alexander (Ed.) Schnittke Collected Works, Critical Edition (volumes I/5, II/7, II/9, II/10, II/13, III/1, III/8, III/15, III/19, IV/4, VI/1-2, VI/5, VII/2-3). St Petersburg: Compozitor, 2009 – 2012. Supported by The Leverhulme Research Grant and the Russian Government Grant.
  • Ivashkin, Alexander (Ed.) Shostakovich. Cello Concertos. Full score and Piano score. Four volumes of Shostakovich New Collected Works Edition. Moscow: DSCH, 2012. Supported by the Shostakovich Foundation.

Festivals and Symposia:

  • '(M)other Russia: 20 Years after Communism', jointly with BBC SO, Barbican Centre and the Institute of Musical Research, 2012;
  • 'New Horizons', jointly with the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 2012;
  • The European Commission Music Festival 'Europe as seen by Russians, Russia as seen by Europeans', Moscow, 2011 (included a world premiere of Roger Redgate's new Cello Concerto, lectures by Michael Young, Roger Redgate, a performance of Dmitri Smirnov's work and Alexander Ivashkin's masterclass);
  • The International Qara Qaraev Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2011;
  • Moscow Autumn, Moscow Russia (2010);
  • 'Between Two Worlds', jointly with RMA and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall/Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 2009;
  • A Study Day: Researching and Performing Russian Music (guest visitor composer Vladimir Martynov), February 2009;
  • 'Rostropovich Remembered' (incorporating The VTB International Competition), London, Wigmore Hall, 2009;
  • Sofia Gubaidulina Festival, Florence, Italy, 2009;
  • 'A Journey of the Soul', jointly with BBC, Barbican Centre, London, 2007;
  • Shostakovich-100, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 2006;
  • World Congress/Festival of Choral Music, Kyoto, Japan, 2006;
  • 'Gubaidulina and Goebels' , Groningen, The Netherlands, 2006;
  • Shostakovich-100, Rutgers University (USA), 2006
  • A Schnittke Day, London, 2006;
  • Prokofiev Study Day, London , 2006;
  • Cheltenham International Music Festival, UK, 2005;
  • Summer School 'Russian Performance Traditions', London, 2005 ;
  • 'The Prokofievs: three generations', London, 2003;
  • 'Russia between East and West', Alcala de Henares , Madrid, Spain, 2003;
  • 'Music of Russian Underground', Lincoln Centre, New York, 2003;
  • 'Italians in Russia', Florence, 2003 ;
  • New Russian Music - between elite and pop' , Nizhni Novgorod, Russia ( 2003);
  • '50 years after Stalin' ( Southbank Centre, London, 2003);
  • 'A Day of Sofia Gubaidulina'( London, South Bank , 2002);
  • 'Rodion Shchedrin at 70', Wigmore Hall, London, 2002;
  • International Music Festival 'Ilholm' (Tashkent , Uzbekistan, 2002;
  • 'Seeking the Soul' ( BBC, Barbican London, 2001);
  • 'Russian Avant-garde: past, present and future' ( London, South Bank, 2001);
  • 'Russian Easter Weekend' ( London, Southbank Centre), 2000;
  • 'Shostakovich: 25 years on'( Glasgow, Concert Hall 2000).


  • Russian Cello Concertos 1960–2000. Alexander Ivashkin, cello/programme notes. With various orchestras. Alma Classics, MANU 5029, 2010. Denisov, Schnittke, Vustin, Shchedrin, including first recordings. Review:
  • Edison Denisov. The Blue Notebook. Alexander Ivashkin, cello.Tigran Alikhanov, piano, The Soloists Ensemble of the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow: Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, 2010). SMC CD 0106. First Recording.
  • Grigori Frid: Complete Music for Viola and Piano. Elena Artamonova (past CRM student), viola, Christopher Guild, piano. Toccata, 2016.
  • Whispers of Titans. Music by Grigori Henryk Górecki and Nikolai Korndorf, performed by the Goeyvaerts String Trio. Liner notes by Gavin Dixon. Challenge Classics CC72713, 2016.
  • Nikolai Korndorf: Complete cello music. 1st recordings, based on CRM research. Alexander Ivashkin, cello, programme notes. London: Toccata Classics, TOCC 0128, 2012.
  • Alexander Ivashkin Plays Prokofiev: Prokofiev’s Complete Cello Concerto and Sonatas. Includes the unpublished Solo Cello Sonata and the Reconstruction/re-orchestration of the unfinished Concertino, op. 132 . Double CD with the detailed booklet. (London: Chandos CHAN, 2008). Review:
  • Sergei Rakhmaninov. The Complete Cello Works. Includes the premiere recording of the reconstructed Melody on a theme and the original unpublished version of the Vocalise . London: Chandos CHAN 10095, 2004. Read the review.
  • Alfred Schnittke: Discoveries. Yellow Sound, Dialogue for cello and instrumental ensemble, Variations for String Quartet (reconstructed by Alexander Ivashkin from the archival materials at the Schnittke Archive, Goldsmiths), Piano Preludes. Alexander Ivashkin, cello/voice/ programme notes; Drosostalitsa Moraiti, piano ( CRM PhD student). London: Toccata Classics, 2010. TOCC 0091. Reviews:
  • Light. Music by Alexander Scriabin and Karlheinz Stockhausen, performed by Vanessa Benelli Mosell. Liner notes by Gavin Dixon. Decca 2016
  • Sergei Vasilenko: Complete Music for Viola and Piano, 1st recording , based on CRM research. Elena Artamonova (CRM PhD student), viola, programme notes . With Nicholas Walker, piano. London: Toccata Classics TOCC 0127, 2011.

Selected World and UK Premieres (based on CRM Research):

  • Prokofiev. Songs of our Days. Goldsmiths Sinfonia. Alexander Ivashkin, conductor, 2007.
  • Prokofiev. Seven, they are Seven. Goldsmiths Sinfonia. Alexander Ivashkin, conductor, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 2011:
  • Shostakovich.  War Songs; Serenada ( a fragment of his opera Black Monk), Queen Elizabeth Hall, 2006.
  • Schnittke. Violin Sonata No 0, The Southbank Centre, 2003.
  • Schnittke. Yellow Sound, Piano Preludes, Concerto for Electric Instruments. Southbank Centre, 2009:
  • Schnittke. Cantus Perpetuus, for orchestra (1980). Reconstruction and World premiere. Saratov (Russia), 13.11.2011.  The State Russian SO conducted by Alexander Ivashkin.