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Subject: Re: Vishnevskaya
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:51:40 -0400

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Glad you agree about that Requiem and Markevitch. It is
an astounding performance.

Novak is playing well again! He and Rafa will likely meet in
the semifinals o Friday.


On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 17:23 Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I've been following this discussion that branched out in several
> interesting directions. What a fascinating read.
> Let me chime in with a few thoughts...
> Re: Verdi's REQUIEM with Markevitch and Vishnevskaya. I wasn't even aware
> of this performance until I read praises on this forum. It must be heard to
> be believed. Bob and Paul put it in words much better than I could. An
> unbelievable experience.
> I agree with Bob about Markevitch. I haven't yet heard a recording of his
> that has not put me in awe. He was a wizard!
> I'm with David about Chaliapin but also completely concur that
> Vishnevskaya has been the greatest soprano to emerge from Russia. I have
> been a recent convert to Netrebko, whose transformed voice and repertory
> bring out the artistry from her that I hardly ever sensed in her earlier,
> mostly "lighter", roles. Nonetheless, except perhaps for her Lady Macbeth,
> she doesn't even come close to Vishnevskaya.
> Supreme artistry and commercial stardom are not always closely related,
> which I can't see more evident than in Vishnevskaya's case.
> Many thanks to Donald, Bob, Angelo, and others for sharing your memories.
> How much I wish I had witnessed her live but your generous reminiscences
> more than compensate for that. It makes someone like me feel as if I was
> there.
> My final comment is not about opera, but on Rostropovich as a cellist. His
> music-making radiates with his extraordinary humanity and musicianship.
> That said, I find myself even more taken by the supremely poetic cello
> playing by his contemporary Daniil Shafran who unfortunately stayed behind
> the Iron Curtain (not sure why... I'm not familiar with his biography) and
> regrettably never achieving Rostropovich's fame to be better known in the
> West. To hear each of them interpreting differently the same piece can be
> fascinating and quite rewarding. I don't know how many cello lovers are on
> this list, but, even if a few, I hope they are familiar with Shafran as
> well.
> Best, Vesna

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