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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy

The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its innumerable, inexhaustible manifestations.


Leo Tolstoy, 1854 (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis)

Excerpts from the following classical compositions used courtesy of Naxos USA:

J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 6, Sarabande, performed by Alexander Rudin, from Bach's Complete Cello Suites (2002).

Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Adagio sostenuto and Piano Concerto No. 3, Allegro ma non tanto, performed by Bernd Glemser, piano, with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit, conductor, from Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 (2002).
"Gigue" (transcribed from Bach), "Lullaby" (transcribed from Tchaikovsky), and "Dance of the Young Gypsy Maidens from Aleko," performed by Idil Biret, piano, from Rachmaninov: Piano Transcriptions and Arrangements (1998). The Isle Of The Dead, Op. 29, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz, conductor, from Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (1992). Vespers, Op. 37: "Bless the Lord, O my soul," performed by the Finnish National Opera Chorus, from All-Night Vigil, (2003).

Excerpt from "Not Dark Yet" by Bob Dylan, © 1997, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. Currently available on Time Out of Mind. Track used courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

"Not Dark Yet," written by Bob Dylan, published with permission of Special Rider Music (SESAC).

Original sound effects by Brent Findley at Sonic Magic Studios, Culver City, CA.

Yegor'yevskii Peal recorded at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo, California (2006), used courtesy of Mark D. Galperin, producer, at Blagovest Bells.

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