Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 23 (1975) By Laurel E. Fay Written for the concert Behind the Curtain, performed on Oct 1, 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Tikhon Khrennikov. Few can utter the name without a sneer of Derision. Amidst the detritus of Soviet culture awash with so many victims, Khrennikov is…

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Symphony No. 21 in F-sharp minor, Op. 51 (1940) By Maya Pritsker Written for the concert Behind the Curtain, performed on Oct 1, 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In the musical history of the former Soviet Union, one can hardly find a more mysterious and contradictory figure than Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky. The…

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Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141 (1971) By Elizabeth Wilson Written for the concert Behind the Curtain, performed on Oct 1, 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. It is not far-fetched to say that the convoluted career of Shostakovich the symphonist could serve as a barometer of the political climate of…

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