“It is a propaganda film!” Battleship Potemkin creator Sergei Eisenstein was uncompromising about the power of music, mandating a new score every twenty years to keep the film’s propagandist message alive. Since then devotees have applied everything from Shostakovich to Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys to the film. The early twentieth century filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein blazed his own trail, influencing nearly every film that’s followed.
On Thursday, Carl Grapentine plays homage to Sergei Eisenstein, who was born January 23, 1898. Three of Eisenstein’s surviving films were made in collaboration with fellow Soviet Sergei Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky (see video below), and Ivan the Terrible, Parts I-II. During the eight o’clock hour, Carl presents “The Battle on the Ice” from Prokofiev’s score to Alexander Nevsky. The recording features an artist who has been the source of much reflection this week, Claudio Abbado, the Italian conductor who passed away on Monday.