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Pianist Feltsman survived years of Soviet repression

Vladimir Feltsman
Vladimir Feltsman
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SCHENECTADY — For almost 10 years during a period when most pianists are building their careers, Vladimir Feltsman was prohibited from performing in public, his recordings were suppressed and he was not allowed to leave the then-Soviet Union. It was the 1980s and Leonid Breznev was the man in charge. “It was the Cold War,” Feltsman said from New Paltz, where he now lives. “I was not an exception. I was not so unusual.” Feltsman ...

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