Shchedrin is known to western audiences primarily through his spectacular Carmen Suite (1967), a ballet score for strings and a huge array of percussion instruments fashioned after Bizet’s opera and written as a star vehicle for his wife, the renowned ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. Other ballets include* The Little Humpbacked Horse* (1956 ), Anna Karenina (1971, after Tolstoy), and The Seagull (1979, after Chekhov). His seven operas includes* Lolita* (1993, based on Nabokov’s infamous novel), and, most recently, A Christmas Tale (2015, after a fairy tale). Then there are three symphonies, six piano concertos, five concertos for orchestra (each premiered in a different foreign city: Warsaw, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, London), and many more concertos for solo instruments including a Double Concerto for piano and cello (2011) first performed by Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky. There is also much chamber, choral, and piano music, the latter including a full set of 24 Preludes and Fugues inspired by Bach’s and Shostakovich’s efforts in the genre.