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Vladimir Yurovsky Ballet Suite "Scarlet Sails" (1942)

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Neil McGowan
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« on: November 18, 2017, 09:09:18 pm »

I understand your frustration, especially when it's all in a foreign language.  (The music starts just after 05:00)

In fact this is a clip from V Jurowsky's series called "Concert Lectures - Vladimir Jurowsky Discusses & Conducts".  In Russian (and indeed in English too) he is a very lucid and amusing guy, and has the knack of talking about serious things in an accessible and down-to-earth way.

Most concerts in Russia, even these days, are 'compered' by an Announcer - most frequently a severe and frightening woman (they are mostly women) who bores the pants off the audience before the gig starts - usually by talking tripe of their very own concoction.  (At one concert, in Ekaterinburg, the announcer opened her twaddle with the words "Yughan Sevabstian Bark was a very congenial man". At another concert in Moscow, the announcer announced that there was a misprint in the program. "Of course, they meant to write Puccini, and not Piccini."  The music was indeed by Niccolò Piccinni - but this didn't stop the old battleaxe from treating to us to a potted biography of Giacomo instead  Roll Eyes

Jurowsky is notoriously allergic to this kind of baloney - and proposed to the concert-hall management that he would introduce his concerts himself in future (on threat of walking out, if an 'Announcer' appeared).  He's used the series to introduce all kinds of more 'popular' music - from this Soviet-era ballet, to a complete concert of Shostakovich's music for Firemen's Bands.
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