January 23, 2011

Maria Yudina plays Mozart Fantasia in D minor K397


Maria Yudina plays Mozart Fantasia in D minor K397
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULmji3DMukQ

Pavel Florensky 1928-1937: exile, imprisonment, death

From the wikipedia's entry on Pavel Florensky
1928-1937: exile, imprisonment, death

In 1928, Florensky was exiled to Nizhny Novgorod. After the intercession of Ekaterina Peshkova (wife of Maxim Gorky), Florensky was allowed to return to Moscow. In 1933 he was arrested again and sentenced to ten years in the Labor Camps by the infamous Article 58 of Stalin's criminal code (clauses ten and eleven: "agitation against the Soviet system" and "publishing agitation materials against the Soviet system"). The published agitation materials were the monograph about the theory of relativity.

He served at the Baikal Amur Mainline camp, until 1934 when he was moved to Solovki, there he conducted research into producing iodine and agar out of the local seaweed. In 1937 he was transferred to Saint Petersburg (then known as Leningrad) where he was sentenced by an extrajudicial NKVD troika to execution. According to a legend he was sentenced for the refusal to disclose the location of the head of St. Sergii Radonezhsky that the communists wanted to destroy. The Saint's head was indeed saved and in 1946, the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra was opened again. The relics of St. Sergii became fashionable once more. The Saint's relics were returned to Lavra by Pavel Golubtsov, later known as archbishop Sergiy.

Official Soviet information stated that Florensky died December 8, 1943 somewhere in Siberia, but a study of the NKVD archives after the dissolution of the Soviet Union have shown that information to be false. Florensky was shot immediately after the NKVD troika session in December 1937. Most probably he was executed at the Rzhevsky Artillery Range, near Toksovo, which is located about twenty kilometers northeast of Saint Petersburg and was buried in a secret grave in Koirangakangas near Toksovo together with 30,000 others who were executed by NKVD at the same time

January 21, 2011

Spicuiri - 20/01/2011: Matematica si poezie...


Matematica si poezie, gandire si intuitie. Dualitatea fiintei umane (blogul Dr. Monica Patriche)
"Convingerea mea, inca din tinerete, a fost ca, in faza cea mai vie a cautarii intelectuale, nu exista nicio diferenta, decat nominala, intre miscarile interioare ale unui artist sau poet, si acelea ale unui savant..." (Paul Valéry)
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