Polish politician asks why philharmonic orchestra plays Russian music

[From Radio Poland]

A councillor in Poland’s third-largest city has tabled a formal inquiry as to why the Łódź Philharmonics play music by Russian composers.

The head of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) caucus in the city council, Piotr Adamczyk is in particular concerned about Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergey Prokofiev.

“Is it quite certain that the Łódź public want to listen to the music of one composer, namely D. Shostakovich and his peculiar pro-Soviet music (XII Symphony – for Lenin, New Babylon – soundtrack to the film about a female Paris Commune activist) or S. Prokofiev – “Aleksander Nevskiy”,” he asked.

The response was delivered by the head of the Łódź region administration, Witold Stępień of the governing Civic Platform (PO).

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