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Sunday, 21 December 2014

21 December 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… Tchaikovsky Symphony nr 5 Conducted by Honoured Artist of Russia Captain of the First Rank A A Karabanov

00 Aleksei A Karabanov. 21.12.14

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P I Tchaikovsky, Symphony nr 5 in E minor, op 64 (St Petersburg State Capella Orchestra) (A A Karabanov, dirigent)

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P I Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien in A major, op 45 (St Petersburg State Capella Orchestra) (A A Karabanov, dirigent)

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P I Tchaikovsky, Elégie (Larghetto elegiaco) from the Serenade for Strings in C major, Op 48 (Mikhailovsky Theatre Orchestra) (A A Karabanov, dirigent)

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I just received word from friends in the District that the Know-Nothing Republican filth are thinking of putting cultural figures such as A А Karabanov on the “sanctions list”. For those who don’t know him, he’s the dirigent of the N A Rimsky-Korsakov Central Navy Orchestra… besides being an Honoured Artist of Russia, he’s a Captain of the First Rank in the Navy. Of course, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Ann Coulter, Rush Limboob, Freddy M-G, Rod Dreher, Michelle Bachmann, and John McCain are hardly kulturny in the Russian sense of the term (its closest analogue is civilisé or courtois in French)… they’re all drooling swinishly grasping acolytes of Almighty Mammon and unflagging missionaries of Anglo American non-culture.

Listen to this performance of the Tchaikovsky Symphony nr 5 (my personal fave amongst his oeuvre) and the two shorter Tchaikovsky pieces… realise what the GOP ignoranuses want to do. They want to depress us all to their babbling toddler level. They want to punish all peoples, states, and cultures that won’t bow down before hedonism and gaping materialism (the worst, ironically, are American Radical Sectarians (AKA “Evangelicals”… with all apologies to the REAL Evangelical Church (“Lutherans”))… listen to this fruit of the Orthodox culture and compare it to the meretricious rubbish that issues forth from Nashville and Hollywood… there’s no comparison, is there? Whom would YOU rather honour… Aleksei Alekseyevich or Kim Kardashian and the Dixie Chicks? There’s no competition, is there? As I say, look at the wholesome good fruits of Holy Rus and the rotten noxious fruits of Anglo America… THAT says it all. The Almighty Dollar or Almighty God… that IS the choice…

Are they going to censor the internet, too? We’ll have to see…

BMD

Monday, 14 April 2008

Moscow Hosts 9th “Musical Kremlin” International Festival

Maestro Nikolai Petrov (1943- ), pianist, Honoured Artist of Russia

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The 9th “Musical Kremlin” International Festival kicked off in Moscow. The event is dedicated to the 65th birthday of the prominent Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov. Once, a British critic wrote about Mr Petrov in The Guardian as follows. “When I close my eyes, it seems to me that this piano concerto is being played with six hands and not two”. Petrov‘s repertoire is very comprehensive, comprising classical music, jazz, avant-garde, and modern piano pieces. He’s not only a famous soloist but he’s founded numerous music festivals, and Musical Kremlin is his brainchild as well. The festival opens on 14 April, the Maestro‘s birthday. He’ll perform with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. It’s become a lovely tradition for him to perform on his birthday…

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“The festival’s usually held in April, and, often, it coincides with my birthday. Sometimes, I deliberately organised concerts on this day in the Moscow Conservatory. I like being with my audience on this day. Music played in this historic hall always attracts people’s attention, thus, this helps a pianist to achieve his goals”.

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“The festival’s idea is absolutely clear and consistent. We want people to learn more about young gifted musicians. We’re trying to help those young talents who were undeservingly forgotten after sustaining defeat at numerous musical competitions. This time, I invited the young Chinese pianist Wan Tsue to take part in the festival. I listened to his playing during the last year‘s Tchaikovsky Ccompetition, and although he wasn’t among the laureates, I think he’s a very promising pianist. I want our people to listen to him”.

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The laureates of the previous 13th Tchaikovsky competition, pianist Miroslav Kultyshev and violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky, are also among the participants, together with musicians from France, Serbia, and the USA. A special jazz evening is included in the festival’s programme. The audience will also have a unique opportunity to listen to young Russian organist Konstantin Volostnov at the Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin.

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14 April 2008

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=25648&cid=62&p=14.04.2008

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