Upbeat with Alasdair
“I’ve had a great passion for Russian music ever since I fell in love with the Tchaikovsky symphonies as a teenager,” Neale said. “There’s something about the intensity of the Russian musical soul that’s always grabbed me — the way it embraces the extremes of emotion, both the light and the dark, with unflinching honesty.
“During the In Focus week we’ll be exploring this theme in greater detail, with music by Tchaikovsky (of course!), Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky and Shostakovitch. And for Upbeat with Alasdair, I’ll be your guide on a whistle-stop tour that will hopefully give you an idea of some of the common threads that make up the rich tapestry of Russian musical history.”