The Fifth Line – Episode 1
Achron, Shostakovich, Stravinsky
A glimpse at the structural, historical anti-Semitism in the former USSR; Kutik’s family decides to leave the Soviet Union in search of a better life; an introduction to the ‘music’ from the suitcase. Featuring Achron’s Hebrew Melody, Shostakovich’s Sonata No. 2, and Stravinsky’s Divertimento from a Fairy’s Kiss.
In Between – Episode 2
Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Bloch
A look at the strange and stateless journey through Europe which millions of Soviet emigres undertook to start a new life; applying for asylum; an awful recollection from the USSR. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Khachaturian’s Nocturne, and Bloch’s Baal Shem.
Begin Again – Episode 3
Achron, Rubinstein, Sviridov, Prokofiev
Kutik’s family arrives in the United States; a closer look at rebuilding everything from nothing; the incredible power of community and selflessness. Featuring Rubinstein’s Romance, Achron’s Hebrew Lullaby, Shostakovich’s Romance from Ovod, Prokofiev’s Waltz from Cinderella, and Sviridov’s Children’s Album.
Listen – Episode 4
A tribute to the teachers and influences who helped Kutik and his family grow and build; remembering Zinaida Gilels and Roman Totenberg. Featuring Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 Op. 94a, and Darius Milhaud’s Le Beouf sur le toit.
Coda – Episode 5
Rachmaninov and Franck
Reflecting on his family’s journey, one small journey among millions; a musical tribute of thanks to Kutik’s community. Featuring Rachmaninov’s Vocalise and Franck’s Sonata.