Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" Sung by Corul Filarmonicii "George Enescu" Directed by Iosif Ion Prunner


Simon Morrison argues that "scholarship concerned with the Russian composer’s sexuality traps him in a perpetual adolescence – and drags him into modern debates about Russia and the West" — In bed with Tchaikovsky. The article begins
    Once more, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s sexuality has come up for debate, and once more, the discussion has nothing to do with the composer’s time or place but everything to do with ours. Tchaikovsky has no say in the matter, so we feel free to interpret his music, even when fixed to words or grounded in dancers’ feet, however we like. Doing so keeps the music relevant. Apparently relevance means dragging Tchaikovsky into the political and cultural conflict between Russia, as the born-again defender of traditional conservative values, and the decadent, declining, same-sex-marriage-sanctioning West.
Cut out the sarcasm and the professor is right about "Russia, as the born-again defender of traditional conservative values, and the decadent, declining, same-sex-marriage-sanctioning West."

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