Yevgeny Svetlanov

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The Independent Online

One other aspect of Yevgeny Svetlanov's career is worth remembering, writes Peter Jackson [further to the obituary by Martin Anderson, 6 May], especially in Britain: his love of Elgar.

Svetlanov conducted the Second Symphony and The Dream of Gerontius in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s, when Elgar's music was little known there and when the overtly Catholic theme of the Dream in particular might have aroused suspicion. Both interpretations were recorded, and remain as testimony to Svetlanov's breadth of sympathy, imagination and courage.