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“Beethoven and the Songs of Romanticism” Beethoven Easter Festival, Warsaw 7-19 April 2019

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Monday, 15 April, 7:30 pm Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall Symphonic concert
At Westminster College on 5 March 1946 Winston Churchill made a speech that created in the mind a barrier across Europe. The words are well known but some implications are not fully realized.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia;
One must always remember that the 'Iron Curtain' was a cultural as well as political barrier. This meant there was little cultural osmosis across it in either direction apart from what had already taken place before the war. This accounts for the ignorance in Western countries of much music from these Central and Eastern European states which is only now beginning to surface. Discovering one's politically suffocated historical and cultural herita…