My column in this month's print edition of Standpoint is about Russians. Specifically, what has become of the revered 'Russian school' of musicianship since the fall of communism. My interviewees included three fabulous Russian musicians who left the country some years ago and therefore understand the issue from the inside but with outside perspective: pianists Mikhail Rudy and Rustem Hayroudinoff and conductor Vladimir Jurowski. In the old days, the problem was desperate political oppression, but artistic integrity was a matter of life and death for both musicians and audience. Today, is that integrity being eaten away by corruption and greed? Here's the link.
I'll be away for a bit now, ostensibly to "be creative", back middle of next week.
Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.
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