Post by MELMOTH Post by dk
Keep in mind she was Stalin's favorite pianist for
her massacre of Mozart's Concerto no. 23 KV 488.
There's a story behind that story. Stalin listened to the broadcast, and asked for the record they had played to be sent to him. It had been a live broadcast.
Stalin being who he was, everyone in the orchestra and Yudina was rounded up so that Stalin could have his record.
I'm not at all surprised that the record displayed a rather high tension in the playing. Nobody has any idea what the broadcast performance was like.
She was a religious person, and reportedly told Stalin when he called for her to meet in person that she would pray for him.