Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
We hear that Anna Netrebko will sing the Russian national anthem at both opening and closing ceremonies of the Putin Games.
I think the Russian National anthem is about one of the best. It would be great to see her backed up by the Twice Red-Bannered Red Army Chorus!
Do they still have a Red Army? They did not switch to brown by now?
I won’t be watching any part of this homophobic Olympics.
Was the Russia the Beautiful also written by a Lesbian, who fell out with the ruling party because of its xenophobia, like America the Beautiful?
Yesterday for the first time I heard a Netrebko at the opening of the Olympics, struggling a bit.
To me the Olympic anthem is a music made out of leftovers.even an operatic voice in a beautiful dress could not help.
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