Did soloist play Ukrainian encore to provoke Gergiev?main
Czech media are aflutter with discussion of the unusual encore played by Yeol Eum Son after her Prague concerto last week with the Czech Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev. Son sat down and played a piece by Nikolai Kapustin, a distiguished Ukrainian composer.
Many Czechs, sensitive to such things after 1968, think it was a political response to Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
Here’s the pair in concert.
And here’s the piece she played as encore.