The 20th century can be safely called the century of the great pianists: Paderevsky, Hoffmann, Rachmaninoff, Richter, Rubinstein, Kempff … The list goes on and on. But over all these geniuses, both for a simple lover and for a professional music historian, another name rises – Vladimir Horowitz.
It is he, and no one else, who is rightfully considered a symbol of pianism of the 20th century. He became an unsurpassed performer of contemporary Russian classical music, presenting the works of Sergei Prokofiev to the American public. This is recognized even by his detractors. You can not love Horowitz, but you can’t recognize his exclusivity.
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How many epithets Yoko Ono just did not reward, what labels did not hang – a witch, mediocrity, inhuman, crazy, nondescript. However, all this did not prevent her from becoming the most famous of unknown artists and almost the most discussed widow of the twentieth century. In this, only Jacqueline Kennedy excelled her. What helped Yoko Ono win so many “titles”?
Hereditary aristocrat Yoko Ono
The character of the Japanese Yoko, who was born on February 18, 1933, was tempered as a child, when the family of Tokyo aristocrats had to hide from the bombing of World War II and flee to a remote village. The upper class experienced humiliation and extreme poverty there. Before that, Yoko lived with her mother while her father (a descendant of the emperor) held senior positions at the Bank of Japan in San Francisco. The family was separated several times, then reunited in connection with the new appointments of his father. Continue reading
Stas Namin managed to become a legend and a cult character in a whole cultural layer of the second half of the 20th century, so he does not need special ideas. Just a name with a surname is already a phrase completely self-sufficient. Musician, producer, artist, photographer, director, traveler and innovator in various creative fields. The list of his occupations and merits can be continued indefinitely. He himself believes that it is not the versatility that matters, but the result and achievements in each of these areas.
Sketch from childhood
It would seem that the grandson of Anastas Mikoyan himself (a long-term member of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union) could make a dizzying career in any international organization or become no less influential politician, but became a musician, and even objectionable to the authorities. Is it possible to imagine such a thing? singer Stas Namin Even Stas himself did not consider his youthful passion for music to be something serious, and even more so he was not going to devote his whole life to it. Continue reading