14.3.11 - Stravinsky
This week's CotW is a repeat.
1.Looking West - In the first programme, 'Looking West', Donald looks at Stravinsky's final years in Europe, when he was already composing works for American patrons, and leading a complicated private life, with his family ensconced in a grand chateau in South-Eastern France, and his mistress Vera in a Paris apartment. The tragic loss of his daughter, wife Katya and mother Anna within a few months in 1938 led him to feel that he no longer had ties to Paris, and he set sail for America in the autumn of 1939.
2.Wartime in Hollywood - Donald Macleod looks at Stravinsky's early years in America, when, as a refugee in Los Angeles, he found himself rubbing shoulders with Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, but having to face up to commercial pressures to earn a living.
3.Craft - When the young conductor Robert Craft entered Stravinsky's life the composer found an advisor on English literature and developments in new music, and a devotee who assisted him for the remainder of his life. With Donald Macleod.
4. A new method - Donald Macleod examines Stravinsky's attempts to keep up with the avant-garde and embrace serialism, despite being seen as 'the grand old man' of classical music.
5. Return to Europe - Donald Macleod looks at Stravinsky's emotional return to his homeland, Russia, during the period of incessant travel that would define his final years.
I recall that I enjoyed it very much, some two years ago or so (IIRC)
Yes, Jun 2009. Quite a reasonable gap, I'd say, before repeating a good programme.
Originally Posted by Roehre
Of course I recorded it all from freeview onto DVD
When I was a music student, Stravinsky was still alive and still musically active. To us he was a god, and for me he is still unquestionably the greatest 20th century composer. Discuss?
Hmmm. There seem to have been one or two repeat COTWs recently. Can anyone remember this happening in the past, 'cos I can't. A sign of frugal times to come? I know this has been discussed before, but there are SO MANY worthwhile composers who've never been featured.
I think there have been repeats before (other than later on the same day) but I haven't got any details about how many or how often.
Originally Posted by Serial_Apologist
Even TTN gets regular (complete) repeats, as does The Early Music Show. We'll notice that Breakfast is getting repeats when Rob pops up playing the Eroica on the kazoo again ...
He was certainly seen that way when I was a student. Is he still? I can see no rival.
Originally Posted by ardcarp
When were you and ardcarp students?