Letter 4620

Date 16/28 February 1892
Addressed to Bernhard Pollini
Where written Moscow
Language French
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 307)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-Б (1979), p. 40

Text and Translation

French text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
16/28 Février 1892
Moscou

Cher ami et très estimé Directeur!

Le porteur de cette lettre est un ténor russe M[onsieu]r M. Medvedeff, chanteur très estimé en Russie qui voudrait se faire entendre par le public éclairé de Hamburg. Il possède outre une belle voix et une assez longue expérience, un riche répértoire et je suis sûr que Vous ne Vous repentiriez pas de l'avoir invité à chanter des Gastrollen sur Votre theâtre. Je Vous le recommande aussi chaudement que possible.

Bien à Vous, P. Tschaikovsky

16/28 February 1892
Moscow

Dear friend and most esteemed Director!

The bearer of this letter is a Russian tenor, Mr. M. Medvedev [1], a highly-esteemed singer from Russia who should like to be heard by the discerning public in Hamburg. Besides having a beautiful voice and more than ample experience, he has a rich repertoire, and I am sure that you would not regret inviting him to sing Gastrollen [2] in your theatre. I recommend him as warmly as possible.

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Mikhail Yefimovich Medvedev (b. Bernstein, 1852-1925), a tenor with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where on 4/16 November 1891 he had played the role of Herman in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. See also Letter 4621 of the same date to František Šubert.
  2. i.e. a 'guest artist'.