Death and the Degenerate - A Free Lunchtime Concert
Free to attend
Baritone Aleksi Koponen and pianist Maya Soltan present Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Shostakovich's Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin
Partly as a response to the war that started last February, Koponen and Soltan, who often collaborate on Russian and German repertoire, have put together a programme of two song cycles not often performed in the UK.
Модест Петрович Мусоргский: Песни и пляски смерти
Modest Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death
Text by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov 1875
1. Колыбельная - Lullaby
2. Серенада - Serenade
3. Трепак - Trepak
4. Полководец - Field Marshal
Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович: Четыре стихотворения капитана Лебядкина
Dmitri Shostakovich: Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin, op.146
Text based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Demons 1974
1. Любовь капитана Лебядкина - Captain Lebyadkin’s Love
2. Таракан - Cockroach
3. Бал в пользу гувернанток - A Ball for the Benefit of Governesses
4. Светлая личность - A Noble Character
Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Shostakovich's final vocal cycle Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin, which he based on a character from Dostoyevsky’s Demons, are written a hundred years apart. However, Mussorgsky’s artistic courage and Shostakovich’s refusal to be an accomplice of the regime of his time, are both appropriate examples of opposing hegemonies.
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