MUSICIANS’ SOLIDARITY AND RESISTANCE:
Explore the rich and meaningful repertoire of Soviet composers such as Weinberg, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich with an evening of chamber music played by Levine Music’s Anna Ouspensakaya, Fedor Ouspensky, and Igor Zubkovsky.
Musicians were not spared the horrors of WWII or the hardship of Stalin’s Soviet rule. They were out front in war zones, jailed, and sent to the Gulag. They struggled through the war – not just to live, but also to create. Mieczyslaw Weinberg had to flee Warsaw as a teenager, when the Germans took over Poland. His entire family perished in a concentration camp. In the Soviet Union, he was sent to Gulag, but freed thanks to the help of Dmitri Shostakovich.
Shostakovich himself continuously bumped up against the politicized judgement of the Composers’ Union, the government tool set up to keep all musicians under strict watch.
Prokofiev was accused of formalism by the Zhdanov Decree and much of his music was banned. His Cello Sonata was originally rejected by the Composers’ Union Committee, and it took two years and persistence of Rostropovich and Richter to get a permission to perform the piece.
Weinberg – Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 (1945)
Lento ma non troppo
Un poco moderato – Lento ma non troppo
Weinberg – Capriccio for violin & piano, Op. 11 (1943)
Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 (1944)
Allegro con brio
Prokofiev – Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119 (1949)
Allegro, ma non troppo
Potpourri based on war-time songs (arr. for piano, violin and cello by Igor Zubkovsky)