Cereal Music playlist for 02/08/2013

Elias.7 Dagher
Artist Title Album Label Link
Aram Khatchaturian Piano Concerto, Op. 38 (1936) William Kapell, piano, with Serge Koussevitzky contucting the Boston Symphony Orchestra RCA
Herman Galynin Piano Concerto (1946) Dmitri Bashkirov, piano, with Yevgeny Svetlanov conducting the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Orion
Nikolai Roslavets Prelude (1915) Sarah Rothenberg, piano GM
Galina Ustvolskaya Grand Duet (1959) Paul de Jong, cello and Reinier van Houdt, piano (no label)

Echoes of Prokofiev and Shostakovich; sounds of Soviet composers. Khatchaturian was advised by Prokofiev on his Concerto, and both Galynin and Ustvolskaya were students of Shostakovich, though the latter seems to have learned a lot from the two of them as well. Little is known about Galynin (the fate of many a composer under the iron fist of Stalin); to Ustvolskaya, Shostakovich wrote, "it is not you who are influenced by me; rather, it is I who am influenced by you." A labyrinth of influences!