Pianist plays Für Elise as Putin police raid her apartment

Pianist plays Für Elise as Putin police raid her apartment


norman lebrecht

January 29, 2021

This is Dr Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the independent Alliance of Doctors, and a sympathiser of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

When Putin’s thugs came calling yesterday, she carried on playing Beethoven for their enlightenment.

There are living heroes in Russia.

The filming is by a journalist from the Reuters news agency.



  • Karl says:

    The power of music !

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    The Rondo a Capriccio G-dur, op. 129, would be more appropriate.

  • Norbert says:

    Wow – that gave me goose bumps. To understand Beethoven and everything he represents for humanity and the best of our ideals and hopes that is a powerful statement.

    I know almost nothing of Russian internal affairs, beyond the obvious, but I wonder if we are detecting the beginning of the end of Mr. Putin?

    Even Lavrentiy Beria got it in the end…….

  • K says:

    Trump, staying at Holiday Inn Moscow, has requested a video copy of the arrest. Seems he has a thing for females soon to be in handcuffs. He also asked if there were any videos of the females performing bodily functions that he might also be able to acquire. (I know what you’re thinking, but Melania said it was OK.)

    When asked about Beethoven, he said he had no knowledge of him and that he could be taken to the new Putin theater and shot, as entertainment, of course.

    Would you like butter on your popcorn?

    • Nick says:

      One of the most idiotic comments I’ve ever read on this wonderful blog!! Congrats “K” – you are Nº 1!!

      • K says:

        Hi Nick-

        Not sure why your panties are in an uproar. I could have created a fantasy scenario that said that His Fat Ass incited a murderous cop-killing mob to destroy our (US) democracy, all based on a ludicrous conspiracy theory believed in by a bunch of traitors to the Constitution… Oh, wait….

        The part about Beethoven is true. He was given a Belomorkanal prior to his demise. Sorry I left that out.

  • JussiB says:

    A more appropriate piece to play would be Jake Heggie’s opera “Dead Man Walking”

  • Nijinsky says:

    I hope you don’t think that things are any different in the US, even under “Biden.” You can be arrested, if you can’t make out what academic procedure is supposed to allow a voice teacher, having spent years making porno with Joshua Bell and company has to do with getting by all of his apprehensions that he might be busted and fired, or even try to understand why he was hired. that’s if you’re in love with singing, not with making by and getting money for avoiding it, but being listed as representing it. And they don’t HAVE a sexual education department, not even in High Schools. And if you are wondering WHY there’s the problem there is in Russia with allowing such “educations,” go take a look at what kind of trash the “gay movement” in the US has allowed to represent itself, and it sold as adult material.

    Chichi Larue (Diaghilev) being on of the most prominent of such…… Rutherford, Lucas

    YUCK! And you think things are better in the US!?

    • K says:

      I have no idea what you’re talking about (and I don’t think you do either) but I’m upvoting your comment because it provided 1 minute of entertainment.

    • Brettermeier says:

      “YUCK! And you think things are better in the US!?”

      And the whataboutery of the day goes to:



      Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech!

  • Save the MET says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYAyInpNpgI More like a Keystone cop sound track.