Bach in the Gulag

"The story of the creation of this piece is unique, but it must be listened to not because the composer, due to his tremendous willpower, wrote it under unbearable conditions of the Gulag but because this music is just wonderful,” says pianist cum musicologist Jascha Nemtsov. On March 20, Nemtsov will present the Israeli premiere of 24 Preludes and Fugues by Vsevolod Zaderatsky (1891 – 1953).

Today, Zaderatsky is counted among the major Russian composers of the 20th century, but his name has become familiar to the wider audience only recently. As an “enemy of the people,” Zaderatsky was deleted from his country’s cultural context, and his music was neither published nor performed.


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