Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - in the beginning of the 1900's
Yudina saw Mussorgsky as a purely religious composer. But Mussorgsky isn’t Bach, after all, and it’s a rather controversial reading, I think. And then there was the business of reading poetry at her concerts. Either you play or you read poetry, not both. I realize that she read Pasternak, and at a time when he was banned. But nonetheless, the whole thing reminded me of a ventriloquist’s act. And naturally they result of the famous readings – between Bach and Beethoven, I think – was another huge scandal in the series of Yudina’s scandals.
location of experience: Russia
Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:39:01 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:46:45 +0000