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Bohuslav Martinů's
'The Greek Passion' -
heard by
PAUL SARCICH

'... the production is nothing less than workmanlike, rising in places to something more inspired ...'

Martinu: The Greek Passion. © 2017 OehmsClassics Musikproduktion GmbH

The plot of Martinů's 1954 opera now seems horribly prescient — a Greek village has to cope with an influx of refugees, and becomes divided over how to treat them. The difference between this and the present Syrian situation is that the refugees themselves are Greek (and Christian), having been forced from their lands by the Turks. But that got in the way of the intended premiere of the opera in 1957 at the Royal Opera House, because of the then current situation in Cyprus.

So an inflationary situation all round then...

Copyright © 13 September 2017 Paul Sarcich,
London UK

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MARTINŮ: THE GREEK PASSION

BOHUSLAV MARTINU

CZECH REPUBLIC

GREECE

OEHMS CLASSICS

AUSTRIA

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