The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (220): Pathetique for one we lost

Alexander Verdernikov died in Moscow last night of Covid.


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  • Another tribute – with one of the most popular and beloved in Soviet Union and Russia pieces of classical music of the XX century, a piece that (unfortunately!) seems to be relatively little-known and seldom-performed outside of Russia. I personally prefer the reference recording made in 1960-s or 70-s by the Large Symphony Orchestra of Soviet Radio and TV under Vladimir Fedoseyev (Vedernikov was an assistant conductor under Fedoseyev in that very orchestra from 1988 to 1995!), but this performance is very good, too.
    Great music, capturing something very essential about that vast land and the “Russian soul”! RIP, Maestro…

    • Sviridov — a composer championed by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It was he who first brought Sviridov to my attention. Thanks for introducing another piece.

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