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Subject: Re: Dima
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:26:23 -0500
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Thank you for this.

Now if only the the people of Russia and of this country could be
allied, economically and politically, as we are culturally, despite
the "cold war" fanatics who seek to keep us divided. . . .   If our new
president can accomplish that, more power to him.

dtmk

On Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 1:43 AM, Olga Bourlin <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> "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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