Listen to the great Russian might-have-beenmain
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:
In the evolution of Russian music, Alexey Stanchinsky is the great might-have-been. A student of Sergey Taneyev and Alexander Grechaninov, he was introduced to Tolstoy as the next Russian genius, only for his mental health to collapse in the midst of a double family crisis. After his father died in 1910 when Stanchinsky was 21, his mother refused to let him marry his pregnant lover, daughter of the estate manager. Suffering depression and hallucinations, Stanchnsky was taken around all the best nerve doctors in Russia and developed a habit of burning any new works he set on paper….
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En francais ici.
In Spanish here.
In Czech here.
In The Critic here.