This year doesn't seem to be better than last one: last night my very first conductor Boris Iosifovich Kaprov passed away ...
He was a really wonderful human being: simple in the best sense of the word, kind, intelligent, educated,
optimistic - a truly bright soul.
For many years he was the conductor of our school's younger orchestra, and it was under him that
I played with orchestra for the very first time, when I was 10 years old: the 1st movement of Bach's D-Minor
Concerto (our performance was even recorded by the Moscow radio station, and I still have a tape).
The last 17 years of his life he lived in Munich, Germany, and whenever I came there with concerts, I always
spent one evening with him and his wonderful family.
Now I think it is not without reason that our Jewish tradition says: all the righteous die on Shabbat.
Boris Iosifovich was not religious, but by our secular standards he was definitely a righteous person,
a beautiful human being.
Blessed be his memory.
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