Yehudi Menuhin in Moscow - the 1970's

from Unfinished Journey, pages 187-188:

But neither then nor later could the run of approved Soviet music altogether seduce me – though it might intrigue, as did a musical celebration of Lenin a few years ago. One could only call it an oratorio, not simply because it was a sacred ritual, Lenin cast as Jesus (or rather Jesus cast as Lenin) and proceeding through suffering to apotheosis, but because the techniques were borrowed from the Passions of Bach: the evangelist-narrator, the solo recitatives and arias, the hymns for full chorus. In one scene Lenin, visiting a factory, causes a girl worker to swoon, at the end of which …   more >>
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Yehudi Menuhin, Unfinished Journey (London, April, 1977), p. 187-188. accessed: 20 April, 2024

location of experience: Moscow


Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist, Conducting

Listening to

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Musical 'Oratorio' celebration of Lenin's life

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1970's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:32:08 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:29:34 +0000