The silhoette portrait of Andrei Bely in Bely’s letter to Alexander Blok from 23 November, 1906

RCM musicians perform avant-garde piano music from early 20th-century Russia, which both inspired and was inspired by revolutionary poets. Interspersed with readings by students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, we hear defiant pieces from two young musical rebels, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and the turbulent work Medtner’s friends nicknamed the ‘war sonata’.

This concert is part of the Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 series

BELY Petersburg, 1914 (Reading)

PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives op 22

BALMONT Visions Fugitives, 1917 (Reading)

BABEL Red Cavalry, 1926 (Reading)

MEDTNER Piano Sonata in A minor op 30

PROKOFIEV Sarcasms op 17

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Sonata no 1 op 12