Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dimitri Hvoroskovsky--1962 - 2017

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Edward Hessler

Dimitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic, silver-haired Russian baritone died Wednesday in a hospice care facility in London, where he had lived for several years while being treated for brain cancer.

Here is the NPR announcement which includes several videos, including his glorious return after chemotherapy to the Metropolitan Opera Gala 2017, a surprise appearance. And I hoped while watching that he might survive.  His cancer was aggressive.

I include two videos.

The first is Moscow Nights with soprano Anna Netrebko, in a dazzling setting and with a wonderful audience to watch. Soul!  The conductor is Constantin Orbelian, the first American to become the music director of a Russian ensemble.

And Cranes which begins with these lines.

"I sometimes think that the fallen soldiers
Who have not returned from fields of blood
Never lied down to rot beneath our soil
But must have flown off as white cranes..."

Cranes are a symbol of Russian soldiers who died in WWII and you may read about its origin here.

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