“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
My mother often quoted Browning on this theme of aspiration, from Andrea del Sarto “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp/ Or what’s a Heaven for?”
Ole Andreas Tandberg’s production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk gets a revival in Oslo, and proves even more chilling than the first time around.
— Read on bachtrack.com/review-lady-macbeth-mtsensk-tandberg-sozdateleva-oslo-april-2016
Listened to whilst reading the novella by Leskov…
With its passionate heroine, sexy plot and lovely music, Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was a huge hit. Then the Party saw it – and silenced it. By Tim Ashley. Read on www.theguardian.com/music/2004/mar/26/classicalmusicandopera.russia