Maria, Lena and Me by Karla Murthy
Maria Yudina was perhaps the greatest, most provocative Russian musician of the 20th century, though she was hidden behind the iron curtain from the Western world. Not only was her interpretation of classical music highly unorthodox, she performed fearlessly and lived as a maverick and eccentric rebel in all aspects of her life. Yudina became a symbol of freedom during the most repressive years of the Soviet regime. Ironically, despite constantly challenging government authorities, she is now most famously known as Stalin’s favorite pianist. In this radio documentary, you’ll hear recordings of her as well as the legendary stories that have elevated Yudina to mythic status.