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By Gregor Tassie

Kirill Kondrashin: His existence in track provides an entire biography of the artist, from his humble heritage and early carrying out event at age 17, via his twenty years in Leningrad and on the Bolshoi Theatre; from his breaking with the Bolshoi and the accelerated symphonic profession that undefined, via his defection in 1978 and his unforeseen dying of a center assault in 1981. Twenty pictures are integrated, in addition to an entire discography, bibliography, and index.

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The productions there were witty, and left wing productions were now withdrawn and actors such as Okhlopkov dismissed. The outrages against the Moscow theatres followed swiftly upon the attacks on Shostakovich’s ballets The Bolt, Limpid Stream, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. However, we can now study materials from this period which reveal how directors and actors behaved to their own work and that of others which helped shape the quandary of Soviet theatre. Here is a letter from the director of the Moscow Art Theatre to Stalin dated April 26, 1937: Dear Com.

In 1939, Meyerhold’s reputation was still in high regard as he was given the job of arranging the festivities on Red Square. He created a novel effect in which the demonstrators approaching the mausoleum released balloons, creating a tremendous, visually impressive display that became the model for future years. Yet, having supervised several rehearsals just a few days before the parade, Meyerhold was arrested. It is claimed that Meyerhold looked out of his prison cell and heard the cries of the marchers and the festival music broadcast on radio loudspeakers and saw, at last, balloons rising into the high blue sky above Red Square.

The masses in the streets displayed no better manners than before, and their elbows were as aggressive as ever; nevertheless their appearance was no longer so desperate . . The streets were now cleaner, and the appearance of the towns had improved. 10 Unger discovered that the country was now opening up to “new” musical genres: In hotel restaurants blaring jazz-bands, hitherto banned as “bourgeois,” applied themselves to their art and produced a din that prevented all conversation. This was intended to create what was considered a western atmosphere, and to make the foreign visitor feel happy and at home—which he might almost have done but for the noise.

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