with ENSEMBLE 360 and LYDIA KAVINA Theremin
PROKOFIEV Quintet Op.39 for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass
MARTINU Fantasia for theremin, oboe, string quartet and piano
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110
EISLER Septet No.1 Variations on American Children’s Songs
These pieces all have a remarkable story. Prokofiev’s Quintet, written in France, was a complete ballet that never materialised and Martinu’s Fantasia was written in the USA during the composer’s wartime exile. Shostakovich’s deeply moving eight Quartet was written in Dresden, and Hanns Eisler took refuge in East Berlin having been expelled from the USA in the McCarthy purges…despite the protests of Chaplin, Thomas Mann, Einstein, Picasso, Matisse, Copland and Cocteau!
This concert is an intriguing kaleidoscope of mid-20th century sounds.
This concert will also be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Pre-concert talk and come & try
THE STORY OF THE THEREMIN with LYDIA KAVINA
Free to all evening concert ticket holders
One of the world’s first electronic musical instruments, the innovative theremin spawned evocative music for countless 1950s sci-fi movies and opened up a new world of experimental classical music.
Lydia Kavina is one of the world’s leading theremin players and was taught from the age of 9 by its Russian inventor, Léon Theremin - also a scientist and spy! This introductory talk precedes her performance with Ensemble 360.
Have a go at playing the instrument at the end of the talk.
Experience thrilling live music by the world’s greatest Russian composers, performed up close in the Crucible Studio this May. See the full festival diary here.