Russia’s bid to reclaim Rachmaninov is haltedmain
The bold attempt by Putin’s culture minister Vladimir Medinski to repatriate the body from a Valhalla cemetery outside New York was blocked by the composer’s descendants.
A long-running initiative, backed by Putin himself in 2013, to purchase Rachmaninov’s Swiss mansion, Villa Senar, beside Lake Lucerne, has also got nowhere. The estate is still up for sale.
And no more has been heard of a desire to revive the Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow, defunct since 2008.
Like much else in Putin land, it appears the dream has run out of steam.