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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 05:59:06 -0400

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Sorry! That was SUPPOSED to be a private note. My apology.

Vesna and I are tennis fans as well as opera fans.


On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 05:51 Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Private!
> 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.
> Xoxox
> 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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