Monday, August 17, 2015

Russia wants Rachmaninoff back

“Nobody needs Rachmaninoff in America,” says the Russian minister of culture, Vladimir Medinsky, who is calling for the disinterment of the remains of Sergei Rachmaninoff from a cemetery in Westchester County, NY, and reburial of the composer-pianist at a memorial under construction at the former estate of his family in Russia, Norman Lebrecht reports on his Slipped Disc blog:

Rachmaninoff fled Russia after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. In the West, he maintained homes in the United States and Switzerland. He became a US citizen shortly before his death in 1943.