The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has removed Russian composer Tchaikovsky from its program of upcoming concerts, saying it is “inappropriate at this time”.
His decision was made “based on Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine,” according to a statement on the CPO’s website.
Fay Jones, the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, responded with a tweet that read “Groan. Putin is the enemy here. Not Russia. ”
The CPO’s decision means that Overture 1812 will no longer be held at St David’s Hall on March 18.
The new show will include John Williams’ The Cowboys Overture, Dvorak’s Symphony No.8, and a performance of Elgar Variations on an original theme.
It is the latest in a series of musical resignations, cancellations and retreats that have been made since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Conductor Valery Gergiev, 68, was fired from his post as the conductor of the Munich Philharmonic for his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his failure to reject the invasion of Ukraine.
The mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, said the decision was made after Gergiev, who has been conductor since the 2015-16 season, failed to respond to his call to rethink and reconsider the assessment. His very positive about the Russian leader.
Gergiev’s resignation as honorary president of the Edinburgh International Festival was “requested and accepted” by the event’s board last month.
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A statement on the festival’s website said: “Edinburgh is twinned with the city of Kyiv and this action is being taken with the consent and support of its citizens.”
Gergiev has also been dropped from the Vienna Philharmonic’s five-concert US tour, and his management company said on Sunday that it would no longer represent him.
The Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Netherlands also severed ties with Gergiev, saying that the “unbridled division” between the orchestra and the conductor over the issue of Russian aggression became clear after speaking with him.
Soprano Anna Netrebko withdrew from her future engagements at the Metropolitan Opera rather than deny her support for Mr. Putin, making the company one of the top singers and box office performers. the best.
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