CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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From 1953 he wrote film music, claiming that this was the only work not prohibited by the KGB.
He lived with his mother for many years on Vasilyevsky Island, where his extravagant appearance and behaviour became something of a local landmark and earned him the nickname 'mad composer'.
Oleg Karavaichuk died in St Petersburg on 13 June 2016, aged eighty-eight.