A lost composer of the Soviet Union

A lost composer of the Soviet Union


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2018

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

Some 15 years ago I was asked by one of the London orchestras to curate a series titled Other Russia, looking at the composers who fell or were pushed off the wayside under the Soviet Union. We were going to focus on the likes of Karamanov, Kancheli, Knaifel, Roslavets, Tishchenko, Ustvolskaya, Firsova and more. The scheme hit a brick wall when prominent conductors balked at unfamiliar repertoire and the orchestra feared a box-office frost, but it was a worthwhile exercise and one that some braver spirits should still take up.

Among the names I omitted out of ignorance was the remarkable Fridrich Bruk…

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  • Peter Owen says:

    Completely new to me too and thanks for the introduction: just had a listen to his 16th on youtube and it’s very impressive indeed.

  • Saul Zlatkovsky says:

    Don’t forget the overlooked émigré composers like Thomas de Hartmann, Nicolai Berezowsky, Alexander Gretchaninov, Alexander Tcherepnin, David Finko and so on.