UK-Russia culture fest opens with a compromised feeling

UK-Russia culture fest opens with a compromised feeling


norman lebrecht

January 19, 2014

The Russia-Britain Cultural Exchange Year kicks off on Tuesday with nothing out of the ordinary.

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A programme of Prokofiev Cinderella excerpts, 3rd piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s second symphony could be heard any time, anywhere.

The timing of the exchange, coinciding with Putin’s Winter Olympics and his anti-gay rampage, is suspect. The content is mundane. The UK end is in the hands of Ensemble Productions, run by Julian Gallant and Olga Balakleets. Doesn’t feel much like a celebration.



  • anonymous says:

    actually this is not the opening, it is just there-opening event that accidentaly goes first in the calendar

  • David Hackbridge Johnson says:

    Prokofiev and Rachmaninov ordinary, mundane?

  • Smerus says:

    Try this instead, at the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies in beautiful downtown Brixton……’Alfred Schnittke in the Cinema and the Concert Hall’