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Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Anne Midgette
The Washington Post (14 February 2010)

“When the exquisite Soviet figure skating pair Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov took the ice for their free-skate program at the 1988 Winter Olympics, they bounded off to the rousing lilt of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”): music that matched their lyricism, drive and evident weightlessness as they flew across the ice. Suddenly, though, the music segued into Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2—one arcing jump was perfectly timed to an ornamental figure in the piano—and then into a tacky instrumental arrangement of Chopin’s “Revolutionary” etude.”


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