Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Peter and Igor

All lovers of Russian and/or classical music should note that BBC radio 3 will broadcast the collected works of Peter Tchaikovsky and Igor' Stravinsky beginning February 10 and continuing through the l7th. Some of the immortals of Russian and Soviet music will be in the spotlight, notably David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and the conductor Evgenii Mravinsky.

I don't know how we can access BBC3 on the internet, but I am going to try to find out.

For more information, go to the Guardian site( and look for the article "Pyotr the Great" by Tom Service.

Update: Radio 3 has its own web page offering you the ability to listen live. Go to the bbc site( look at the top for the links to radio. You will find the Radio 3 page listed there.


jodmeister said...

Slightly off topic, as a former band geek, I was blown away about the orchestra w/o a conductor that we saw on the early days of communism clip in Vietnam class. That was absolutely mind boggling to me that they were so intuned with one another that they didn't need a conductor. Of course they were much more dedicated to music than I was!

moville said...

yeah, that was very impressive. i was kind of amused that they would refer to their conductor as an "oppressor," but that is how they regarded ALL bosses, all "former people" in those first heady years of Communism. The tradition continues: I've seen several groups in Moscow who perform without a conductor, and even one or two in England...