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The founder of "Chora Turkish" tells why he is a patriot, and confesses his love for Soviet music education Mikhail Turkish – a man whose surname seems to be associated exclusively with the word "chorus". And "Glee of Turkish" is a collective that managed to change the perception of this musical form. "Turkish Choir," which originated as a choir at the synagogue, can sing everything from opera arias to a telephone book. "Wikipedia" reports that the concept of the collective – multi-voice, live sound and interactive with the audience. And it is true: Turkish conducts not only his colleagues, but also the hall. As for the polyphony, the range of art group soloists reaches 4.5 octaves. In the choir there is also the lowest – bass profundo, and the highest and rarest male soprano. The repertoire of "Turkish Chora" includes classics, rock, opera, jazz, folk and popular music in more than 10 languages around the world. Another Turkish project is the art group Soprano. Seven beauties also amaze with a variety of genres, and the team is positioned as the "female face of modern Russia." Turkish himself says that there is a third project. Its unofficial name is "Children of Turkish." The children are the daughters of Michael, Beata and Emmanuel. Emmanuel, by the way, is the owner of a rare coloratura soprano. "Vedomosti" Turkish told about three projects at once, and also about why he suddenly became interested in politics.  

– How did you come up with "Songs of Victory"? What was not so much a motive as a impulse?

"First of all, it is a very interesting creative experiment. These songs are imbued with extraordinary emotion. They are written at a time when people were under extraordinary stress – poets, composers, and the whole country. People experienced such emotions, which in everyday everyday life in general it is impossible to experience – it is, on the one hand, and aggression, incredible hatred of the enemy, who dared, who disregarded all the norms of morality and norms of public consciousness, and everyday life, and Being. Secondly, it is incredible cruelty. Third, startling cynicism. And here are the animal instincts, on the one hand, and the history of the survival of the people – on the other. When only three of the 100 who left for the front returned, when the mother buried six sons at once… It is a story of non-return, a story of expectation, and love, and hope, and fear, and loss, and a fantastic sadness, and a pinching sense of sorrow and despair. There are a lot of collisions that are reflected in the songs – in very talented songs. They were written by the best composers of the Soviet period. This is a very interesting layer of music – not only wartime: in our program there are songs written both before and after this period. It was very interesting for me to make such a program. But to be honest, I got excited about it when my father told me how he ended the war in Berlin and all his way. And he was silent for a long time, he didn't like to talk about the war – "You won't understand" – and did not want to. It was a very painful memory for him. When I was born, he was 50, and when I was 35 or 40, my father, being already very, very grown-up, talked about these topics. For you to understand, even in his 90s dad was in great shape, perfectly formulated, loved poetry, loved art, was an old theater, engaged in physical education, went on skis and skating rink. And only in 90 he was able to tell about the level of tragedy, the level of fear, the level of despair, the level of joy … Explained to me what the Kursk arc is, what is the Battle of Stalingrad, what is the siege of Leningrad, what is the flour with water in the trenches, what is a military tribunal without trial, what is the Jewish question in wartime, what is Berlin and how it was emotionally – to end the war in Berlin… And at that moment, when he did not want to talk for so long, and then, realizing that I was an adult, suddenly started talking about it… I remember saying to my father at the time: "I have a dream to make a concert in the central square of Berlin – "Songs of Victory". The father twisted his finger at the temple, saying, "You will not be given." He's never had a foot since the end of the war in Germany. He said: "I can't hear German, it's purely physiological – my heart aches, I remember my front-line friends, everything that happened, all these atrocities, all these horrors, no, I'm not going." And I say to him, "Well, germany is just as beautiful, because you did a great job, you didn't bomb Germany or destroy it after what the Germans allowed themselves to do." The father did not agree, said that the Germans had an extra mention of the war. In my opinion, the Germans are discordant to the Germans, and they also had their own anti-fascist movement, generations have changed, and modern Germans are not responsible for the war crimes of their ancestors, as the son is not responsible for his father. After all, we're not going to rattle our arms and say, "We beat you." I wanted to make a marathon of peace by country and continent. And at the end of April 2017, two weeks before the concert, we get permission. So in Berlin in 2017. This story has started. Michael Mueller, the mayor of Berlin, is a man of democratic views, new thinking. He seemed to understand that our proposal was not a cry of help or despair, but a cultural story. And then the project "Songs of Victory" in the central square of The Gendarmenmarkt gathered about 20,000 spectators and 8 million online views at the time of the concert. It was a good result!

Read the full interview on Vedomosti's website