Lady macbeth of mtsensk leskov

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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov

In this powerful and brutal short story, Leskov demonstrates the enduring truth of the Shakespearean archetype joltingly displaced to the heartland of Russia. Chastened and stifled by her marriage of convenience to a man twice her age, the young Katerina Lvovna goes yawning about the house, missing the barefoot freedom of her childhood, until she meets the feckless steward Sergei Filipych. Sergei proceeds to seduce Katerina, as he has done half the women in the town, not realizing that her passion, once freed, will attach to him so fiercely that Katerina will do anything to keep hold of him. Journalist and prose writer Nikolai Leskov is known for his powerful characterizations and the quintessentially Russian atmosphere of his stories.
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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Suite - Orchestre de Paris/Rostropovich (2006)

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District is an novella by Nikolai Leskov. It was originally published in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's magazine Epoch. Among its.
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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Synopsis

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Like Soviet critics of the time, Shostakovich saw the heroine as the embodiment of protest against a corrupt and stultifying bourgeois society and therefore justifiable in her actions, if not exactly innocent. To make that reading more persuasive, he eliminated the third and most terrible of her crimes. It is a dramatic portrayal of the amoral, ambiguous, elemental force of sexual passion, as intense in its heat as in its coldness. In stylistic directness and narrative concentration, it is unique among his works. He later described how his hair stood on end as he worked on it alone in that unlikely place and swore he would never describe such horrors again. Richard Pevear.

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LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK (Shostakovich) - Act I Intermezzo and Scene 3 (Orchestral Reduction)

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