Recently, some of the emotion need to be vented, as Russian music in 20th century seems a good area to choose from, especially late works by Sergei Prokofiev, early works by Igor Stravinsky, and of course all works of Dimitri Shostakovich.
Today the music I introduce is the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op 74, performed by London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Valery Gergiev. This grand piece, composed in 1930s, with such massive orchestration that was not preformed until its premiere in 1966, almost the 50th anniversary of the Revolution which the work commemorates.
2. The Philosophers
4. ‘A tight little band’
8. The Oath
10. The Constitution
3 flutes, alarm bell, 2 piccolos, siren, 3 oboes, gunfire, marching feet, english horn, 3 clarinets, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 8 horns, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2 tubas, timpani, percussion (tambourine, snare drum, cymbals, 3 bass drums, 3 tam-tams, triangle), harp, piano, celeste, accordion band, strings, and chorus (double-mixed).