Maria Zakharova on the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Vitaly Churkin


November 23, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– The Facebook page of Maria Zakharova, translated by Tom Winter –

There is news that is so devastating that you drive it away, you try to forget, you repeat “I’ll think about it tomorrow,” just not to think about it today, just to prevent this horror from creeping into consciousness. But tomorrow came 30 minutes ago, as November 22 turned into November 23 …

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I remember ten years ago when Dmitry Khvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko gave a charity concert at Carnegie Hall. I was sitting at the very end of the first row on the side where he sang.

That night, too, I wanted to command the time, ordering the day not to end, I wanted to listen to it again and again. Listen and see. It was so incomparable.

And then there was a reception in their honor, where I, with bated breath, again listened and saw as Vitaly Churkin was communicating with Dmitry Khvorostovsky. They joked, laughed, enjoyed each other’s company. Then Anna Netrebko joined them, and the laughter and jokes flew back and forth with renewed vigor in the good old Carnegie Hall.

It was like yesterday. It’s forever with me. Beautiful, brilliant, magnificent, immensely gifted.

It is high time to learn to appreciate the revelation of the moment, to recognize happiness in its secret breath. Though we are always in a hurry, we do not have time, we postpone for later, we apologize for the clumsiness, we promise to improve on the run and to learn how to stop in the process, but again we are late — and forget all over again.

But I know for certain that during those two hours I clearly felt happy.

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