07. The Beginning of Spring: Poetry and Song after the Death of Stalin
28 February 2021, 13:30 - 14:30
Philip Ross Bullock looks at the rebirth of lyric poetry and song after the death of Stalin in March 1953. Tracing how writers and musicians responded to the greater cultural freedom that were integral to the Khrushchev 'Thaw', he examines how lyric forms could respond to important contemporary themes in Soviet society. Philip’s talk is illustrated by three artists who also impressed at the Song Connections events in our ‘Connections Across Time’ Festival.
Oxford Lieder gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of Oxford's KE Seed Fund.
Watch a short clip of Helen and Natalie performing Elgar for October's Song Connections events from the Oxford Museum of Natural History:
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)Kolybel’naya, 'Lullaby' (Op. 79 no.3) from From Jewish Folk Poetry
- Broshennyi otets, 'An abandoned father' (Op. 79 no.6) from From Jewish Folk Poetry
- Pesnja o nuzhde, 'Song of want' (Op. 79 no.7) from From Jewish Folk Poetry
- Khoroshaja zhizn, 'The good life' (Op. 79 no.9) from From Jewish Folk Poetry
- Son, 'Dream' (Op. 100) from Ispanskije Pesni, 'Spanish Songs'
- Moi stikhi, 'To my verses' (Op. 143) from Shest' stikhotvorenii Marini Cvetajevoj, 'Six Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva'
- Rodina slyshit, 'The motherland hears' (Op. 86) from Four Songs to Words by Evgeny Dolmatovsky
Georgy Sviridov (1915 - 1998)Ja pokinul rodimyj dom, 'I have bid farewell to my native home' from Otchalivshaya Rus', 'Russia Cast Adrift'
Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937)Boljashchij dukh vrachuet pesnopen'e, 'Song can tend the ailing spirit' from Silent Songs
SpeakerPhilip Ross Bullock is Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Russian at Wadham College, Lecturer in Russian at Christ Church, Magdalen and Worcester Colleges, and Director of TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Before coming to Oxford, he taught at University College London and Bangor University, and has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris. Philip studied French, German and Russian at Dur... Read Full Biography
Mezzo-sopranoHailed “a rather special mezzo” (Music Web International), Helen is a young artist increasingly in demand in the UK and abroad. Recent concert highlights include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Handel Messiah/Stephen Layton), Royal Northern Sinfonia (Mendelssohn Lobgesang/Paul McCreesh) and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (Bach Matthew Passion/Gabrieli Consort and Players); a worldwide tour of Handel Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphon... Read Full Biography
PianistAn alumna of Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Natalie Burch is widely in demand as a collaborative pianist across London and the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside 2nd Prize winner James Way at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a 2018 Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Artist. Much in demand as a song specialist she regularly collaborates with a number of award-winning artists. Recent and future projects incl... Read Full Biography
TenorA graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, Oliver Johnston has appeared as Stroh, Intermezzo and Fenton, Falstaff for Garsington Opera, 2nd Nazarene for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits, Levko, May Night for the Royal Academy of Music, Narraboth, Salome and Novice, Billy Budd for Opera North and the Aldeburgh Festival, a staged version of Handel’s Messiah with the Opéra and Ballet National de Bordeaux, Vaughan-Williams’ Serenade to Music under Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestr... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
Building on the success of its first online festival in October 2020, Oxford Lieder presents a live, online weekend of song on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February. Winter into Spring: The Changing Seasons offers nine events with world-class singers and pianists, and emerging stars, with a wide range of music to lift the spirits in the depths of this bleak winter and herald the coming of spring. ...