[FIRST TOUR OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN IN THE USSR] N’iu-Iorkskii simfonicheskii orkestr (SShA) [i.e. New York Philharmonic Orchestra (USA)]
Moscow: Tip. Krasnaia Zvezda, 1959. Item #895
45x30,5cm. Near fine.
One of 3000 copies. Extremely rare. This is an advertising poster of the first tour of New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the Soviet Union.
Conducting by Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Schippers, the Orchestra had given concerts at Moscow Conservatory in August and September 1959. Solos were performed by Leonard Bernstein, Seymour Lipkin, John Corigliano and Laszlo Varga.
This tour is also well-known because of a scandal occurred between performances. The last concert was taped, including meetings of Bernstein with D. Shostakovich, which works were performed, and soon after that - with B. Pasternak, officially denounced after Nobel Prize. Two peaceful meetings were considered the parallel between the anti-Hitler and anti-Stalinist works. The Soviet party decided to make that American film company change the record. After these attempts were unsuccessful, Bernstein’s music wasn’t performed in the USSR until the late 1980s.
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