Classical Composers and Soviet Film

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 Some of the 20th Century’s many famous composers wrote music for the Russian film industry, including Khachaturian, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. We’ll hear some of these soundtracks, and chat with Gabriel Prokofiev about his grandfather’s famous scores.

Music highlighted in this episode

Judgement of the Prisoners from Alexander Nevsky

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

RCA 61926

1938

Theme from High Noon

Dimitri Tiomkin

original soundtrack

Sony 77086

1952

Galop from The Happiest Days of Your Life

Mischa Spoliansky

original soundtrack

Chandos 10543

1950

Music from Battleship Potemkin

Edmund Meisel

Edmund Meisel Score Re-Recordings

Sound Track Factory 33547

1925

Sabre Dance from Guyane by Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian

original soundtrack

Telarc 80170

To Victory from The Battle of Stalingrad

Aram Khachaturian

KHACHATURIAN: Othello / The Battle of Stalingrad

Marco Polo 8.223314

1949

Finale from Othello

Aram Khachaturian

KHACHATURIAN: Othello / The Battle of Stalingrad

Marco Polo 8.223314

1979

Minuet from Sport, Sport, Sport

Alfred Schnittke

original soundtrack

Capriccio 5002

1970

Finale from The adventures of a dentist

Alfred Schnittke

original soundtrack

Capriccio 5002

1977

Music from Hamlet

Dmitri Shostakovich

Shostakovitch: Hamlet

Naxos 8.557446

1964

Romance from The Gadfly

Dmitri Shostakovich

Shostakovich: Film Music from "The Gadfly" & "Pirogov"

RCA 60470

1955

Finale from Golden Hills

Dmitri Shostakovich

original soundtrack

Delos 2005

1931

Overture from Adventures of Korzinkina

Dmitri Shostakovich

original soundtrack

Delos 2005

1940

Russia Under the Mongolian Yoke from Alexander Nevsky

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

EMI 63265

1938

Troika from Lieutenant Kije

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

EMI 63265

1934

Juliet’s Theme from Romeo & Juliet

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

Chandos 9322

Last Goodbye from Pique Dame

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

Capriccio 67 149

1936 (unfinished movie)

Selections from Alexander Nevsky

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

RCA 61926

1938

Overture and Chorus and Storming of Kazan from Ivan the Terrible

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

EMI 63265

1944

Final Chorus from Alexander Nevsky

Sergei Prokofiev

original soundtrack

RCA 61926

1938

Throne Room from Star Wars

John Williams

London Symphony Orchestra

Sony 51333

1977

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