Denis Matthews in Kabul Airport

from In Pursuit of Music, page 162:

But arriving in Kabul reminded me of the old film of Lost Horizon – a Shangri-La set in a peaceful plateau surrounded by forbidding mountains and approached through the narrowest of ravines.  Its modern airport was a complete surprise, presumably another prestige gift from the Russians, judging from the strains of Tchaikowsky’s violin concerto that poured forth incessantly from the loud-speakers, at a constantly fluctuating pitch.  (Poor David Oistrakh, I thought!)

cite as

Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 162. accessed: 19 May, 2024

location of experience: Kabul Airport


Denis Matthews
Broadcaster, Musicologist, Pianist

Listening to

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Violin Concerto
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by David Oistrakh

Experience Information

Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:30:19 +0100
Approved on Wed, 17 May 2017 08:36:36 +0100