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Galina: the official Russian obituary, with rare family pictures

The Russian prime minister Medvedev has sent condolences to the family on the death of Galina Vishnevskaya. Here’s the story of her life, as tweaked by the Putin regime:

Galina Vishnevskaya (right) with daughters, 1959. (photo (c) RIA Novosti / Sholomovich/Lebrecht Music&Arts)

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  1. That’s a slightly strangely “tweaked” obit – especially as it describes Rostropovich as a famous viola player!

    Sad news about Vishnevskaya. Films showing her and Britten performing – and also those of Slava and Britten, point to a time and creativeness that makes me think I was born too late.

    • Clarissa Smid says:

      I often feel the same. I still pour over the film of Slava and Galina performing Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death… she was vocally past her best but WHAT utter brilliance of character between them… Grave, terrifying, violent, the blackest of humour… bleak and cold… And he was such a good pianist for her! I’d be very blessed to find such a musician in a husband.

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