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Monday, October 24, 2016

Foreign media about the concert in Palmyra: Prokofiev, Bach and Roldugin

Thursday, may 5, in ancient Palmyra in the background of ancient ruins, a concert by the Mariinsky orchestra under Valery Gergiev. In an unusual concert took part and cellist Sergei Roldugin. Here is what they write about this cultural event in the foreign media.

photo: Alexander Stepanov

“PAL takes the Russian concert after occupation of the city by Syrian forces”, is the title of the material about the unusual performance of musicians in war-ravaged Arab country by the British newspaper the Guardian: “the Kremlin favourite Valery Gergiev conducts a triumphant concert once supported by Russian forces liberated the area from ISIL (ISIS, Islamic state is a banned terrorist organization)”.

“Gergiev came to the stage on Thursday at 5 PM Moscow time together with musicians from the St. Petersburg Mariinsky orchestra, tells his readers of The Guardian. The concert was entitled “a prayer of Palmyra: Music enlivens the ancient walls”. As a member of the official delegation, he was joined by cellist Sergei Roldugin, artistic Director of the Saint-Petersburg music house and best friend of Vladimir Putin. Last month “the Panamanian materials” found that Roldugin has been the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore transactions. Roldugin played an excerpt from the Opera “Not only love” by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. The concert also included works by Prokofiev and Bach. Roldugin trip to Palmyra – the strongest sign that he still enjoys the official support. The audience included the Syrian and Russian soldiers… Dressed in a black suit, with a white baseball cap protecting him from the sun, Gergiev said: “We are protesting against the barbarians who destroyed the wonderful monuments of the world culture. We protest against the execution of people here on this great stage.”

“Pictures of this concert, broadcast on Russian state TV, was periodically interrupted by shots of military action, showing the Russian military support for the Syrian government forces during the liberation of Palmyra from the militants,” says bi-Bi-si.

“It’s more than just music,” said Steve Rosenberg (BBC News). – Organizing a concert on the ruins of Palmyra, Russia wants to show the world, making a positive contribution in Syria: brings peace and stability in this country, and in the case of Palmyra saving heritage site of UNESCO.”

And here is what The Washington Post: “the Russian high-ranking delegation visited on Thursday the ancient Palmyra, considering the damage done to the “Islamic state”, as well as trying to send yet another message about the deep political and military influence of Russia in this war-torn country. The Russian visit was part of a Kremlin-backed mission, aims to celebrate the recent military successes of Syrian forces, supported by Russian air power, including the release of a 2,000 year-old ruins of Palmyra more than a month ago. Russian cultural figures, who visited on Wednesday a Russian military base, also had another demonstration in support of Syrian President Bashar al-ASALA amid increasing Western pressure in the direction of political concessions to put an end to the civil war. The capture of Palmyra in late March, Syrian soldiers backed by Russian air strikes is welcomed by Russia as an important piece of its military intervention in Syria and the leadership of Moscow in the fight against “Islamic state”.

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