The Heart Is Not Made of Stone
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
"The Heart Is Not Made Of Stone: The Love Story Of Anna Akhmatova And Isaiah Berlin With Music" by Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff (Romeo And Juliet), and Shostakovich.
The drama of Russian music woven into a tale of passion, love, political repression, and redemption.
A legend in her own time, loved for the brilliance of her poetry and admired for her unwavering resistance to political oppression, Anna Akhmatova was persecuted by the Soviet regime because of her "eroticism, mysticism, and political indifference" to the ideals of the State.
The centerpiece of this theatrical concert is the meeting of Akhmatova with the British philosopher Isaiah Berlin. When Berlin sought out Anna Ahkmatova during his visit to Leningrad after World War II, he did not realize the havoc he would wreak upon her life. The consequence of this visit, the utter ruination that it brought upon her, as well as the great, enduring love that it evoked in her, are traced in a dramatic story interwoven with scenes that include Stalin, the KGB's surveillance, the final emotional meeting of the two literary giants, and the drama of great music.
Music: Selections from Prokofieff's Romeo and Juliet (transcribed for violin and piano), Rachmaninoff's Variations on a theme by Corelli, and the haunting Shostakovich Trio in E Minor.12ee