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Harlow Robinson interviews Andris Nelsons for the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Dmitri Shostakovich and his music. Read the full interview here!



1) "Talking About Opera: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov" (CD), Metropolitan Opera Guild, 2003 (75 minutes with musical examples)

2) "Talking About Opera: Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (cassette tape), Metropolitan Opera Guild, 1996

3) "Talking About Opera: Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (cassette tape) Metropolitan Opera Guild, 1994

Refereed Articles

1) "Flirting With Decadence: Sergei Prokofiev and Ognennyi angel."

Opera Quarterly, Winter 1991/92, Vol.8, No. 4 1-7.

2) "'If You're Afraid of Wolves, Don't Go Into the Forest': On the History of Borodin's Prince Igor." Opera Quarterly, Winter 1990/91, Vol.7, No. 4. 1-12.

3) "Facing the Music: Perestroika and the High Arts." Soviet Union/Union Sovietique, 15, Nos.2-3 (1988), 151-165.

4) "The Case of the Three Russians: Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich." Opera Quarterly. (Vol. 6, No.3, Spring 1989). 59-75.

5) "Love for Three Operas: The Collaboration of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Sergei Prokofiev." Russian Review. (Vol.45, No.3, July 1986). 239-56. Reprinted in Studien zur Musik des XX. Jahrhunderts in Ost- und Ostmitteleuropa, Detlef Gojowy, ed. Berlin Verlag, Arno Spitz, 1990, 79-102.


6) "Russian Culture After Brezhnev: Music." Soviet Union/Union Sovietique. (Vol.12, Part 2, 1985). 137-44.

7) "'The Most Contemporary Art': Sergei Prokofiev and Soviet Film." Studies in Comparative Communism. (Vol. XVII, 3 & 4, Fall/ Winter 1984-85). 203-218.

8) "Dostoevsky and Opera: Prokofiev's The Gambler." Musical Quarterly. (Vol. LXX, No.1, Winter 1984). 96-106.

9) "An Incredible Country: Prokofiev and America," Three Oranges (Inaugural
Issue), No. One, January 2001, Serge Prokofiev Association, London, 4-5.
Reprinted in New York Concert Review, Summer 2003, 4-5.


Mussorgsky: Complete Songs for Voice and Piano, G. Schirmer, Inc., 1995
Paraphrase translations, 371-389

Tchaikovsky: Complete Songs for the Voice and Piano, forthcoming from G. Schirmer, paraphrase translations

"Vasilisa the Fair," a play in two acts and eight scenes after Russian folk tales, by Sofia Prokofieva and Irina Tokmakova. Translated by Sabina Modzhalevskaya and Harlow Robinson; edited
by Harlow Robinson. For New York State Theatre Institute, Albany; produced May 1991

Mozart and Salieri by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Introduction on the opera; English translation of the opera (singing version) with Thaddeus Motyka; translation of the introduction and notes to the Soviet edition. Belwin-Mills, Inc., 1984. (produced in New York by Chamber Opera Theatre of New York, 1981)

The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. English translation of the opera (singing version) and translation of the introduction and notes to Soviet edition. Belwin-Mills, Inc., 1984. Reprinted by Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1994.

Chapters in Collection


1) Articles on Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Borodin, Betrothal in a Monastery, Prince Igor and Kat'a Kabanova for International Dictionary of Opera (St. James Press, 1993)


2) "'Molchanie--eto smert' or 'Keeping Russia Clean': Recent Developments in the Gay and Lesbian Movement in Russia, For SK: In Celebration of the Life and Career of Simon Karlinsky, Modern Russian Literature and Culture, Studies and Texts Vol. 33, Berkeley Slavic Specialties, 1994, 255-262.


3) "Composing for Victory: Classical Music in the USSR During World War II," Culture and Entertainment in Wartime Russia, edited by Richard Stites. Indiana University Press, 1995; 62-76.


4) "Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and the Russian Ballet Tradition," Crossed Stars: Artistic Sources and Social Conflict in the Ballet "Romeo and Juliet", Revised and edited proceedings from a Conference sponsored by the Dance Critics Association, San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, 1994, 34-38.


5) "Soviet Culture Under Gorbachev: Another 'Thaw'?," in The Gorbachev Generation: Issues in Soviet Domestic Policy edited by Jane Shapiro Zacek. Paragon House, 1989. 139-55.


6) "Music," in The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, ed. Nicholas Rzhevsky, Cambridge U.Press, 1998, 236-63.


7) "Shostakovich Symposium: Maksim Shostakovich, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Solomon Volkov, Kenneth Kiesler," moderated and edited by Harlow Robinson in Shostakovich Reconsidered , Allan B.Ho and Dmitry Feofanov, eds. Toccata Press, 1998, 373-399


8) 41 reviews of operas on video for Metropolitan Opera Guide to Opera on Video, Paul Gruber, ed., Norton, 1997.


Musorgsky: His Life and Work by David Brown, Magazine, December 2002

Centaur: The Life and Art of Ernst Neizvestny by Albert Leong. New York Times Book Review, August 25, 2002, 10.

Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin by Sebag Montefiore. New York Times Book Review, December 2, 2001, 32.

Intersections and Transpositions: Russian Music, Literature and Society edited by Andrew Baruch Wachtel, Slavic and East European Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Spring 2000), 145-47.

Shostakovich: A Life by Laurel E. Fay, New York Times Book Review, January 2, 2000, 21.

Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times by Frank Rich, New York Times Book Review, December 6, 1998. 44.

Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late Twentieth-Century Russia, edited by Nancy Condee, Canadian-American Slavic Studies , Vol. 31, No. 2, 230-232.

Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael II, the Last of the Romanov Tsars by Rosemary Crawford and Donald Crawford, New York Times Book Review, November 9, 1997, 37.

Journey to the Land of the Flies and Other Travels by Aldo Buzzi, New York Times Book Review, April 21, 1995, 40.

The Salon Album of Vera Sudeikin-Stravinsky, ed. by John Bowlt, New York Times Book Review, Dec. 24, 1995, 17.

Sergei Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel (new CD recording), Opera News, 2/17/96, 40.

On Wayne Kostenbaum, for Newsletter of New York State Writers’ Institute (Albany,NY), Vol. XI, No. 4, 1+.

Zworkykin, Pioneer of Television by Albert Abramson, in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 475.

Tchaikovsky, directed by Igor Talankin, in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 22, No.3, 363-655

Rocking the State: Rock Music and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia, edited by Sabrina Petra Ramet, Russian History/Histoire Russe, 22, No. 3, 360-63

“Leningrad Was Here” (Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution by Katerina Clark and St.Petersburg: A Cultural History by Solomon Volkov) New York times Book Review Dec.3, 1995, 16+

Reviews of new recordings of operas of Rimsky-Korsakov, Opera News, Aug.1995, 35

Review of laser disc of Sergei Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Opera News, Nov. 1995, 65

The Ransom of Russian Art by John McPhee. New York Times Book Review.
(18 December, 1994.) 24.

"The Death of Russian Beauty." (Vladimir Soloukhin, A Time to Gather Stones.) New York Times Book Review. (9 January, 1994.) 14.

"Widow of the Revolution." (Anna Larina, This I Cannot Forget.) The New York Times Book Review. (21 March, 1993.) 1.

"Alexander Borodin. Prince Igor." (video) Opera Quarterly. (Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 1992.) 136-37.

"Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Tsar's Bride."(video) Opera Quarterly. (Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 1991/92.) 112-14.

"Young, Hip and Well-Heeled." (Andrew Solomon, The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost.) The New York Times Book Review. (28 July 1991.) 5-6.

"Sergei Taneiev. The Oresteia."(recording) Opera Quarterly. (Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 1991.) 159-161.

"Alexandra Orlova. Glinka's Life in Music: A Chronicle." Opera Quarterly. (Vol. 7, No. 3, Autumn 1990.) 133-36.

"Stephen Walsh. The Music of Stravinsky." Slavic Review. (Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall 1990.) 506-7.

"His Music Never Lied." (Ian MacDonald, The New Shostakovich.)

The New York Times Book Review. (25 November 1990.) 16.

"Caryl Emerson. Boris Godunov: Transpositions of a Russian Theme."

Russian Review. (Vol. 48, No. 1, January 1989.) 115-16.

"The Communist Composer and the Widow Weill." (Eric Gordon, Mark
the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein, and Donald Spoto, Lenya: A Life.) American Theatre, Vol.6, No.9, December, 1989. 44-45.

"Chaos, Excitement and Raw Emotion." (Alec Nove, "Glasnost'" in Action.) The New York Times Book Review. (10 September 1989.)

"The Brady Bunch Goes to Moscow." (Jerrold Schecter, Back in the USSR: An American Family Returns to Moscow.) The New York Times Book Review. (2/12/89.)

"Becoming Boris." (Victor Borovsky, Chaliapin: A Critical Biography.) The New York Times Book Review. (16 October 1988.)

"Dissecting Igor: The Music of Igor Stravinsky by Pieter C. van den Toorn;
Confronting Sravinsky: Man, Musician, and Modernist, edited by Jann Pasler; and Stravinsky Retrospectives, edited by Ethan Haimo and Paul Johnson."
Opera Quarterly. (Vol. 5, Number 4, Winter 1987/88). 101-4.

"Roland John Wiley. Tchaikovsky's Ballets: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker." Slavic and East European Journal. (Vol. 31, No. 4, Winter 1987).

"Where Simple Miracles Abound." (Alexander Grin, Selected Short Stories,
trans. Nicholas Luker.) The New York Times Book Review. (20 December 1987).

"Sculpting In Time: Reflections on the Cinema." Andrey Tarkovsky. Los Angeles Times Book Review. (19 July 1987).

"Samuel H. Baron and Carl Pletsch, eds. Introspection in Biography: The Biographer's Quest for Self-Awareness." Slavic Review. (Vol. 45, No. 2, Summer 1986).

"How Siberia Concentrated His Mind." (Joseph Frank, Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation 1860-1865.) The New York Times Book Review. (31 August 1986).

"Russian Poets in Their Youth." (Alexander Pasternak, A Vanished Present,
and Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetayeva and Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letters: Summer 1926.) The New York Times Book Review. (21 July 1985).

"Why Migulin Matters." (Yuri Trifonov, The Old Man.) The New York Times Book Review. (3 February 1985).

"Yuri Olkhovsky. Vladimir Stasov and Russian National Culture." Russian Review. (Vol.43, No.4, October 1984).

"Boris Schwarz. Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia 1957-1981." Russian Review. (Vol. 43, No. 3, July 1984).


"Dmitrii Paperno. Zapiski moskovskogo pianista." Russian Review.
(Vol. 43, No. 3, July 1984).

"Malcolm Hamrick Brown, ed. Musorgsky: In Memoriam 1881-1981." Russian Review. (Vol. 43, No. 1, January 1984).

"Six Centuries of Tolstoys." (Nikolai Tolstoy, The Tolstoys.)

The New York Times Book Review. (6 November 1983).

"A Translator's Legacy." (Max Hayward, Writers in Russia: 1917-1978.)

The New York Times Book Review. (9 October 1983.)

"Shchukin's Matisses and Picassos." (Beverly Whitney Kean, All the Empty Palaces.)

The New York Times Book Review. (28 August 1983.)

"From Moscow: Fiction, Poems and More." (Vasily Aksyonov, ed.,
Metropol: Literary Almanac.) The Christian Science Monitor. (12 August 1983.)

"Khrushchev's Life, Times." (Roy Medvedev, Khrushchev.) The Christian Science Monitor. (13 May 1983.)

"Richard Taruskin. Opera and Drama as Preached and Practiced in the 1860s." SEEJ. (Spring 1983.)

"Dissident's Window on Soviet Life." (Andrei Amalrik, Notes of a Revolutionary.)

The Christian Science Monitor. (9 July 1982.)

"The Eternal Triangle, Russian-Style." (Alexandra Kollontai, A Great Love.)

The New York Times Book Review. (25 April 1982).

"Paul Schmidt, ed., Meyerhold at Work." SEEJ. (Winter 1981).

"Russia's Protest Literature Studied." (Roy Medvedev, ed., Samizdat Register 2;
and Grigori Svirsky, A History of Post-War Soviet Writing.)

The Christian Science Monitor. (7 October 1981).

"The Reluctant Hero." (Vladimir Voinovich, Pretender to the Throne.)

The Nation. (5 September 1981).

"Passion Is Better Than Reason." (Czeslaw Milosz, The Issa Valley and Selected Poems.) The Nation. (13 June 1981).

"Solzhenitsyn: Shrill." (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Mortal Danger.) The Christian Science Monitor. (14 July 1980).

"Siberia: Domestic and Imported." (Viktor Muravin, The Diary of Vikenty Angarov; Valentin Rasputin, Live and Remember.) The Nation. (9 September 1978), 215-217.

"Solzhenitsyn's Answer in The Gulag Three." (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag III.)
The San Francisco Chronicle. (25 June 1978).

"Simon Karlinsky and Alfred Appel, Jr. eds., The Bitter Air of Exile: Russian Writers in the West 1922-1972." San Francisco Review of Books. (April 1978), 14-15.

"Turgenev: Poet of Lost Opportunities." (V.S. Pritchett, The Gentle Barbarian.)
San Francisco Review of Books. (Summer 1977).

Other Publications (Selected list)

Program essay on Tchaikovsky The Tempest, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Nov.4-8, 2003

"Yale Russian Chorus: An Appreciation," Yale Russian Chorus Alumni 50th Anniversary Concert program book, Oct. 25, 2003

Yale Russian Chorus Alumni 50th Anniversary Concert program book notes to songs, Oct. 25, 2003

"He Was Lost and Is Found," introductory essay for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Sergei Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Sept. 2003 (Dutch and English)

"Western Exposure," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev,
Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"International Success Story," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"A New Simplicity," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"The Prodigal Son," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"Stage Music," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"The Journey Home," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"People's Opera," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"A Loyal Citizen," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"The War Years," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"Coda: Renaissance," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofeiv, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"Prokofiev's Piano Music," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"Film Music," for Gergiev Festival 2003 Program Book on Prokofiev, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 9/2003 (Dutch and English)

"Town Without Pity: Janacek's Katya Kabanova," Santa Fe Opera Season Book 2003, 59-63 


"Patricia Racette's Katya Premiere," Santa Fe Opera Crescendo Newsletter, Spring 2003

"String Fusion" (Profile of pipa player Wu Man), Symphony Magazine, July-August 2003, 64-70

Program essay on Prokofiev's Chout, Boston Symphony Orchestra, April 10-15, 2003

Program essay on Prokofiev's Russian Overture, New York Philharmonic, April 3-5, 2003

Program essay on Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante, New York Philharmonic, April 3-5, 2003

Program essay on Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, New York Philharmonic, April 3-5, 2003

"Center Stage: Slava and Friends," on Mstislav Rostropovich, New York Philharmonic Playbill, March 2003, 20-21+

"A Tale of Seven Symphonies" (on the symphonies of Sergei Prokofiev), Symphony Magazine, March-April 2003 (Vol.43,No.2), 49-54.

Program essay on Shostakovich's Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes, Boston Symphony Orchestra, February 20-25, 2003 (reprinted by Sydney Symphony, August 2003)

"Leos Janacek and Jenufa: The Brno Connection," Metropolitan Opera Playbill,
January 2003, 23+.

Program essay on Stravinsky's Petrouchka, New York Philharmonic, January 9-14, 2003

Program essay on Musorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death, New York Philharmonic, Nov.21-25, 2002 (also reprint of song translations from Schirmer edition)

Program essay on Shostakovich's Symphony No.6, Boston Symphony,
Oct.30-Nov.2, 2002

Program essay on Prokofiev's Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of October, Zdravitsa, Story of a Real Man, Rotterdam Philharmonic, September 2002

Program essay on Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Santa Fe Opera 2002 Season, 31-35 (Reprinted in Seattle Opera Magazine, Fall Issue 2002/2003, 9-11)

Program essay on Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Mlada, San Francisco Symphony,
June 27, 29, 30, 2002

"Elixir of Life: Janacek's Quest for Immortality in The Makropulos Case,"
Houston Grand Opera program essay, April 2002

Program essay on Scriabin Symphony No.1, New York Philharmonic, April 11-15, 2002

Program essay on Rachmaninoff Symphony No.2, Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 14-19, 2002

"Living Legacy" (On Shostakovich and Rostropovich), Stagebill (Lincoln Center), March 2002, 18+.

"A la Russe" (On the history of Kirov Theater), Stagebill (Kennedy Center),
Feb.2002, 5-7

Program essay on Gliere Symphony No.3 ("Ilya Muromets"), Philadelphia Orchestra, Feb. 13-16,2002

Program essay on Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.4, Boston Symphony Orchestra, January 24-26, 2002

"100 Years of Russian Music," Colorado Symphony Orchestra "Spirit of Russia" Festival program book essay, January 2002, 1-4

"Rachmaninoff Revisited," Stagebill, December 2001, 14-18.

"Musical Majesty: The Kirov Opera," Kennedy Center News, January/February 2002, 4-5.

"Russian Opera at the Met," ChevronTexaco-Metropolitan Opera Radio 2001-2002 Broadcast Guide, 6-8

Program essay on Shostakovich Symphony No.13 ("Babi Yar") for Boston Symphony Orchestra, November 15-20, 2001

Program essays on Krzysztof Penderecki String Trio and Mikhail Glinka Trio pathetique for New York Philharmonic Ensembles chamber recital, October 14, 2001

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra on Shostakovich Symphony No.5, May 1 and 4, 2001

Program Notes for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recital April 20 and 22, 2001 (Dvorak, Janacek, Zelenka, Martinu)

"What's In A Nickname?", Stagebill (Philadelphia Orchestra), Spring 2001, 12+.

Program notes for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recital Feb.11 and 13, 2001 (Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Brahms)

"Focus on Stravinsky," Stagebill, Feb.2001

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra on Shostakovich Symphony No.10, Jan. 25-30, 2001

Program Essay on Igor Stravinsky ("Making Sense of Igor") for "Language of the 20th Century" Series, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 11-16, 2001

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra on Scriabin Piano Concerto, Jan. 18-23, 2001

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra on Prokofiev "Scythian Suite,"
Jan. 18-23, 2001

Liner notes for Bridge CD 9104, "Quasi una Sonata: Music for Violin by Alfred Schnittke," December 2000

"Herman Melville, Benjamin Britten, and Billy Budd," Seattle Opera Magazine,
Winter 2000/2001, Vol. 18, No. 3, 9-13.

"Whatever Happened to Soviet Music?", Stagebill (Philadelphia Orchestra),
November 2000

Liner notes for Bridge CD 9102, "Alexander Glazunov, Complete Piano Music, Vol.I," October 2000 (recording nominated for 2001 Grammy Award for Best Solo Classical Performance)

"The Queen of Spades: Russian Hearts, Russian Souls," Lyric Opera News (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Spring 2000, vol. 46, 6-8.

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, August 18, 2000

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra "Film Night" at Tanglewood: Copland The Red Pony, John Williams Angela's Ashes, Stanley Donen tribute, August 5, 2000


Program Essay for Tanglewood Prelude Concert: Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 1 and 8, Copland Elegies for violin and viola, August 4, 2000

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Symphony No. 6, August 4, 2000

"Copland and His Film Music," for Copland and the Movies Film Festival at Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra), July 23-26, 2000

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, July 23, 2000

Program Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini, July 8, 2000

"A Tale of Two Cities: Maly Drama Theater and Vakhtangov Theater," Stagebill, July 2000, 48+.

Program notes on Offertorium for violin and orchestra by Sofia Gubaidulina,
Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 9-14, 2000

"Speak, Memory: Dmitri Shostakovich and his Symphony No.13," Stagebill (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), March 2000, 8+.

Program essay ("In Search of Dmitri Shostakovich"), Lincoln Center Great Performers, Emerson Quartet Shostakovich String Quartet cycle, Stagebill, February 2000; Reprinted by Barbican Center, London, July 2001

"Letters to a Friend: Dmitri Shostakovich to Isaac Glikman," translation and commentary, for Emerson Quartet Shostakovich String Quartet cycle, Stagebill, Februrary 2000

"Mystic Muse: Arvo Part," Stagebill, January 2000, 14+.


"Russia: Modernism Interrupted," "The Language of the 20th Century" Essay for Boston Symphony Orchestra Program, January 13-15, 18, 2000

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2), January 13-15, 18, 2000

"Mussorgsky and Boris Godunov," Seattle Opera Magazine, 1999/2000 Winter Issue (Vol.17,No.3), 7-10.

"Operatic Intrigue: The Comic, Tragic, True Tale of Opera on Huntington Avenue," Northeastern University Magazine, November 1999 (Vol. 25, No. 2), 28-33.

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.2) November 18-20. 1999

"Peter and Igor" (on Tchaikovsky's influence on Stravinsky), Stagebill, September 1999, 14+


Program Notes for Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, KREMERata BALTICA, August 5, 1999 (Mozart, Herrmann, Dreznin) and August 6, 1999 (Wustin)

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Martinu, Goldmark, Dvorak)
July 17, 1999

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Gabrieli, Tan Dun, Mahler, Tchaikovsky) July 25, 1999

Program Notes for Tanglewood Music Festival concert by Yuri Bashmet (Glinka, Shostakovich, Schumann) July 29, 1999

Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff),
August 15, 1999


Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky) August 22, 1999

Program Essay on Martha Clarke's dance/theatre piece Vers la flamme, for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, July 1999 (reprinted by Stagebill at New Victory Theatre in New York and at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.)

"Tolstoy's Transformations" (on Tod Machover's opera Resurrection), Stagebill, April 1999, 28-33 (reprinted in study guide for Boston Lyric Opera Production, November 2001, and in liner notes of Albany Records recording,
February 2002)

"Double Meaning" (on Shostakovich's Symphony No.11), Stagebill, May 1999, 28+

Liner notes for Sony CD "Milestones of the Milennium: Russian Music and Revolution 1890-1917," May 1999 (joint project with National Public Radio) 


Program Notes for Boston Symphony Orchestra (Romeo and Juliet), March 18-20, 1999


"Mystic Muse" (Profile of composer Sofia Gubaidulina), Stagebill, March 1999, 24-28

Notes on Rothschild's Violin for Boston Jewish Film Festival Program Book 1998, 39

Liner Notes for Artona CD "Black Snow: Music of Russian Composers for Viola and Piano," 1998 


"Prokofiev's Bethrothal In A Monastery," San Francisco Opera Guild 1998/99
Season Program Book, 61-64

"Russian Evolution"( on the history of the Kirov Opera), Stagebill, April 1998, 8+

"From Russia With Love" (on the New York Philharmonic and Russian repertoire), Stagebill , April 1998, 8+

"Celebrating Slava" (on Mstislav Rostropovich), Stagebill , May 1998, 22+


Program Notes for Da Camera of Houston, "Troika: Three Generations of Russian Masters" (Glazunov, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky), May 1, 1998

"Border Crossings" (On Yuri Temirkanov), Stagebill, February 1998, 20-21 


"Podium Power"(On Valery Gergiev and Alexander Toradze), Stagebill, December 1998, 24+

"Into the West" (on Galina Gorchakova), Opera News, 4/19/97, 24-27

Preview of Russian performers at Lincoln Center, Stagebill, 10/96

Profile of Alfred Schnittke and Yuri Bashmet, Stagebill, 11/96

Liner notes for BMG CD of Russian Orthodox liturgical music ("Celestial Litanies"), 1996

Liner notes for BMG CD of Red Army Chorus, 1996

Liner notes for Philips CD featuring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, songs by Rachmaninoff and Sviridov (1996)

Program notes for Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center (11/6/95): Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky

Program notes for Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallin Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center (11/2/95): Arvo Part, Bach "The Russian Bard: Alexander Pushkin and The Queen of Spades," Opera News, Dec. 23, 1995; 20-23 "True Grit": Profile of Russian Mezzo Olga Borodina, Opera News, Nov. 1995; 32-34 "The Sochi Festival Probes the 'Big Lie'"; American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 1996, 6-10

Program essay on Prokofiev-Eisenstein Ivan the Terrible for New York Philharmonic (6/95)

Program notes for Philadelphia Orchestra 1994-95 season on works of Shostakovich and Prokofiev

Program notes for Houston (TX) Da Camera Chamber 1994-95 Music Series on works of Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Rachmaninoff

Program notes for Lincoln Center, Inc., 1994-95 season on Russian National Orchestra (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov); Khorovaya Akademiya (Russian liturgical music); Mostly Mozart (Haydn and Shostakovich)

Liner notes for BMG Classics recording of Nicolai Ghiaurov singing Russian songs (translation and essay)

"Shostakovich On the Boards," Stagebill, Nov. 1994, 26-30.

"All the World's A Podium" (Profile of Conductor Mariss Jansons) Stagebill, January 1995, 12-15.

"Sol Hurok: America's Dance Impresario," Dance Magazine, Nov. 1994, 48-53.

Program notes for concerts at Lincoln Center during 1993-94 season: State Symphony of Russia (2), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (2), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Essays to accompany Teldec video releases of Sergei Prokofiev's Stone Flower; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Mlada; Leo Delibes' Coppelia Essay for Elektra-Nonesuch recording by Vladimir Viardo of piano music of Nikolai Medtner and Sergei Rachmaninoff


"Mily Balakirev: The Rustic Innovator," liner note essay for "Mily Balakirev: The Complete Piano Music, Vols.1 & 2," Alexander Paley, piano, ESS.A.Y. Recordings, 1993

Translations and essay for BMG recording by Nikolai Ghiaurov of Russian art-songs "Power Serge" (interview-portrait of Russian baritone Sergei Leiferkus), Opera News, April 2, 1994, 12-14.

"Showman" (on Sol Hurok's activities at the Metropolitan Opera) Opera News, March 19, 1994, 16-21.


Liner notes for recordings produced by Dorian Records (Troy,NY): Shostakovich Symphonies Nos.7 and 9 and String Quartet No.8; Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.1; Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky; Russian music for cello; Borodin, Shostakovich, Stravinsky 


Essay and Program Notes on Dmitri Shostakovich's string quartets for performances of the cycle at Lincoln Center (New York,NY) by Manhattan String Quartet, 1992-93 season; and for performances of the cycle at Lincoln Center by Borodin String Quartet (1994)

"Speak, Memory: Interview with Yevgeny Yevtushenko," Stagebill, January 1993, 16+. Reprinted in liner notes to Shostakovich Symphony No.13 ("Babi Yar"), New York Philharmonic, Teldec CD (1994).

Liner Notes for Manhattan String Quartet recordings (on ESS.A.Y. label) of String Quartets 1-5 and 11-15 by Dmitri Shostakovich; April, 1991 


"Perils of the Bolshoi: Hard Times for the Russian Company." Opera News, March 28, 1992. 18-21.

"A Lyric Gamble: Chicago Takes A Chance On Prokofiev's Thorny Opera" (on The Gambler). Opera News, November 1991. 30-32.


"Prokofiev and the Great Patriotic War." Upbeat (a publication for Los Angeles Philharmonic subscribers), March 1991. 10-11.

Program Notes for Metropolitan Opera premiere production of Leos Janacek's
Kat'a Kabanova, New York, February-March, 1991. "Soviet Music's Suffering Glasnost." Sunday Times-Union (Albany, NY), February 17, 1991. Section H, 1.

"Born That Way: Stalin's Tyrannical Taste Spelled Bad News for Opera in the USSR." Opera News, Vol.55, No.9, January 19, 1991. 22-24.

"The Poetics of Prokofiev." Stagebill, Winter 1991. 44-52.

"Janacek's 'House' Is Not a Home" (On Janacek's opera Notes From the House of the Dead). New York Times, August 26, 1990. II, 21.

"Prokofiev's Favorite Opera: How An Enemy of the People Overcame Tolstoy and the Censors and Wrote War and Peace." Seattle Weekly, Vol. 15,No. 30, July 25, 1990, 65-66.

"Glasnost and New Soviet Music." Musical America. Vol. 110, No. 3, May 1990. 20-22.

"Fear and Loathing in Mother Russia." Sunday Times-Union (Albany, NY), February 11, 1990. Section D, 1.

"America's '60s Finally Arrive in USSR." Sunday Times-Union (Albany, NY), June 18, 1989. Section D, 1.

"Booking Soviet Musicians Is Not Yet a Bowl of Borscht." New York Times. May 21, 1989. II, 23.


"A Glasnost Menagerie: Two American Directors Grapple with the Challenge of Soviet Exchange." American Theatre. Volume 5, Number 6, September 1988. 24-29.

"Theatre in the USSR: The Winds of Change." Performing Arts. July, 1988. 19 

"Russian and Soviet Theater in the U.S." America Illustrated. June, 1988. 41-46. (published in Russian)

"A Vigorous New Conductor Faces a Tired Orchestra." (On Yuri Temirkanov and the Leningrad Philharmonic.) New York Times. June 12, 1988. II, 31. reprinted by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and American Record Guide (Jan/Feb 1996)

"An L.A. Landing for Prokofiev's 'Angel'." Los Angeles Times. September 13, 1987. Calendar, 64.

"Bolshoi Gold: Revised Shostakovich Ballet Comes to L.A." Los Angeles Times. August 2, 1987. Calendar, 54.

"Hurok Remembered." (On Sol Hurok) Performing Arts, August, 1987,
17. (Reprinted in Russian as "Legendarnyi impresario" in Muzykal'naia zhizn', No.2, 1990, 26-27.)

"The 'Glasnost' Tree Bears A Rich Musical Harvest." New York Times. 7/ 26/87. II, 23+.


"Shostakovich and Stalin Star in a Revue." (On the music-theatre piece "Black Sea Follies.") New York Times, November 23, 1986. II, 23.

"A Musical Tour of the USSR--Part 1." Musical America. June, 1986. 59-61.

"The Recording Behemoth of Tverskoy Boulevard." (On the Soviet recording company Melodiya.) High Fidelity. June, 1986 (Vol. 36, No.6). 64-65.

"A Musical Tour of the USSR--Part 2." Musical America. July, 1986. 37-39.

"Believer." (Interview with Finnish bass Martti Talvela on his relationship to Russian opera and culture.) Opera News. February 1, 1986. 31-33.

"The Folk Connection." (On the use of Czech folk sources in the operas of Leos Janacek.) Opera News. January 4, 1986. 18-20.

"Dreams of a Prophetic Past: Novelist Toni Morrison Tries Her Hand at Playwriting." American Theatre. January, 1986. 17-19.

"Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' is 50 Years Old." The New York Times. (10 November 1985). II, 21.

"'The Nose'--Bizarre, Tragic, Comic." (On Shostakovich's opera.) The New York Times. (17 March 1985). II, 21 . (Reprinted in Za rubezhom, No.46, 7-14 November, 1985.)

"From Broadway to Gorky Street (Or, What Would Lenin Say?): American Drama on the Soviet Stage." American Theatre. (January 1985). 12-17.

"A Soviet Musical Offering." (On Sofia Gubaidulina) Stagebill. (Vol. XII, No. 4, December 1984). 33-36.

"Fantasist: The Ballets of Sergei Prokofiev." Ballet News. (May 1984). 21-23.

"Russia's Cubo-Futurists Created a Startling 'Opera'." The New York Times. (20 November 1983). II, 21.

"New Music in Moscow." Musical America. (November 1983). 37-9.

"Pique Dame: Tchaikovsky at Work." Opera Company of Philadelphia Program.
(11 October 1983). 14-15+.

"Music Lightens the Rigors of Life in Moscow." The New York Times. (4 September 1983). II.

"Tchaikovsky on Tchaikovsky." Stagebill. (Vol. VI, No.3, Spring 1983). 14.

"A Shostakovich Ballet Returns from Limbo." The New York Times. (30 January 1983). II, 1.

"Letter from Moscow." Opera News. (29 January 1983). 14-16.


"Pride of Poland." (On Stanislaw Moniuszko). Opera News. (October 1982). 14-15.

"Opera in Russian." Stagebill. (September 1982). 7-18.

"Lady Macbeth--An Operatic Challenge." The New York Times. (23 May 1982). II, 1.

"Mozart/Stravinsky." Stagebill. (Vol. IX, No. 9, May 1982). 30.

"Russian Music." Stagebill. (Vol. IX, No. 4, December 1981). 22.

"The Politics of Lady Macbeth" (on Shostakovich's opera). San Francisco Opera. (September 1981). 27-34.

"Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri." The New York Times. (16 August 1981). II, 17.

"Moscow Adventure: A Rare View of the Bolshoi Ballet School." Ballet News. (Vol.2, No.11, May 1981). 15-18.

"Can Soviet Leaders Learn to Love Prokofiev's Oranges? The New York Times.
(12 April 1981). II, 27.


"The Soviet Avant-Garde." The New York Times. (11 January 1981). II.


"My Country: Bedrich Smetana Immortalized His Homeland of Czechoslovakia through Music, Creating a National Tradition." Opera News. (13 December 1980), 19-22.


"Jenufa and the Czech Folk Tradition." San Francisco Opera. (September 1980), 36-42.

"The Taganka: Walking the Tightrope of Soviet Artistic Politics."

The Christian Science Monitor. (12 May 1980). 26.

"Going to the Opera--Moscow Style." The New York Times. (13 April 1980). II, 1.

"The Uneasy World of the Soviet Musical Vanguard." The New York Times.
(23 March 1980). II, 1.

"Verdi: The Russian Connection." (On the Petersburg premiere of La Forza del Destino.) San Francisco Opera. (October 1979). 11.

"Katya Kabanova: Janacek's Russian Opera." (On the relationship between the opera and Ostrovsky's "Storm.") San Francisco Opera. (Autumn 1977); reprt. London Records