Editorial for December, 2017

Every year, the internationally acclaimed Music@Menlo hosts a multi-week chamber music festival.  The 2016 season, entitled “Russian Reflections”, features significant Russian composers—Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Scriabin among others—interspersed with pieces by European composers.

The programming touches on different perspectives of the music:  the ways in which Russian history is vividly reflected in its music, the parallels between Russian musical works and their Western European counterparts, and the compelling theme of self-reflection in Russian music, art, and literature.

Through each disc of the 8 CD box set for Music@Menlo LIVE’s 2016 edition, these themes and other perspectives cast Russia’s musical identity in sharp relief, while also revealing an essential character that transcends any cultural divide.

In addition to their summer festivals, Music@Menlo hosts winter concerts, this year featuring the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center, playing works of Brahms and Dvorak, as well as the Schumann Quartet, playing Bartok, Haydn, and Schumann Quartets.  More information  Music@Menlo can be found at their website, MusicAtMenlo.org.

This exceptional offering is sponsored by Music@Menlo and Audiophile Audition.  All you need to do to enter the drawing is to fill out the form here: Register To Win


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