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Subject: Dima
From: Olga Bourlin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Olga Bourlin <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:43:57 -0800
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"I did not know of a song called 'Cranes' that Hvorostovsky recently sang
so soulfully. It was made famous by a Soviet-era actor and singer named
Mark Bernes (1911-1969). The lyrics for 'Cranes' are based on a poem by the
Dagestani poet Rasul Gamzatov, who visited the Peace Memorial Park in
Hiroshima and was moved by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who
feverishly folded origami peace cranes while dying of the effects of
radiation from the bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.

Gamzatov’s poem was translated into Russian by Naum Grebnyov and was read
by Bernes, who adapted the poem into lyrics for music to be composed by Yan
Frenkel. When the song was finished, Bernes was deeply moved, in part
because he identified with some of what it expressed. He was ill with
cancer and died a week after this recording was released. Listen to it
first as performed by Bernes
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THeGsS_Skew&list=RDTHeGsS_Skew>, listening
to the music and reading the text in translation. Then watch Hvorostovsky’s
performance of this song, with the knowledge of its back story and
significance and you will understand why the audience was so deeply moved.
.... "

http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/russian-soul-dmitri-hvorostovsky/

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