By Norman Lebrecht, for Slippedisc–the inside track on classical music and related cultures
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
The Latvian violinist was asked by Deutsche Welle to respond to the Russian soprano’s public support for illegal Ukraine factions. He said that the cheque Netrebko gave to a separatist leader [Oleg Tsarev] had been a ‘completely conscious and political act.’
Gideon Kremer added: “Artists should promote harmony and peace. It’s such a shame that one of the most beautiful voices in the world sounds such questionable tones.”
UPDATE: Gidon has asked us to publish the full text of his DW comments, which were actually a joint statement with the composer Giya Kancheli:
“How wonderful it would have been to have held this action in Donetsk a year ago, before they’d fanned [the flames of] war.” (Giya Kancheli and Gidon Kremer together).
“Today, one can only conclude that it is a totally conscious and political action (posture).
In any case – this is not a gesture of reconciliation that could help resolve the conflict in the region or contribute to preserving the legal integrity of Ukraine.” (Gidon Kremer).
“Artists should promote harmony and peace. It’s such a shame that one of the most beautiful voices in the world sounds such questionable tones.”