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  • Life and Times of Dmitri Shostakovich

    I've always found the life story of Dmitri Shostakovich a fascinating topic!

    Stravinsky Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 (1907) At age nine, Russian musician Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) was already a music prodigy. His parents took him to his first opera performance when he was five, only to find him singing several songs from the show the next day. His talent was soon discovered after several piano lessons with his mother, when he displayed perfect pitch and a remarkable musical memory. His unusual talent often encouraged him to pretend to play a piece from score, when in actual fact he was reproducing it from memory. Soon, the young Shostakovich was effortlessly playing the Haydn andante, Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, Mozart and much more. By the age of 13, Shostakovich had devoted his life to music. He studied composition and the piano during his secondary education at the [...] <a class="more-anchor" href="http://www.interlude.hk/front/an-unstoppable-talent/" title="Read more on An Unstoppable Talent">more >></a>
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    I've tried many times to listen to my Shostakovich LP's, but I just don't understand his music. It always sounds like a strange mix of many different styles to me. I have a great deal of respect for him though, he stood up to Stalin during a very dangerous time.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by audioguy1958 View Post
      I've tried many times to listen to my Shostakovich LP's, but I just don't understand his music. It always sounds like a strange mix of many different styles to me. I have a great deal of respect for him though, he stood up to Stalin during a very dangerous time.
      I'm much more into his symphonies than other pieces. Will be seeing the BSO perform his 7th Symphony at Carnegie next month. Obviously the 7th is one of my favorite Shostakovich works along with the 13th (Babi Yar). What a story the 13th tells.
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      • #4
        Fascinating how S's music took on different meanings before and after publication of the Volkov memoirs (Testimony.)

        I enjoy the 12th, "The Year 1917". Step by ponderous step, the inexorable carapace of proletarian praxis rides athwart the imperial walker of historical inevitability.
        There is no joy here, only the inevitable crush of synthesis, the sledgehammer of history delivered in huge dynamic swings of massive timpani whacks and cymbal clashes.

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          Thanks Tim, I'll have to go back and listen to the 12th again now!

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        He was unique in that he was primarily the only major composer who was soviet, not Russian, his entire adult life.
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          Interesting observation JC. S may have had opportunities to leave, meaning he was out of Russia in his early 20's.

      • #6
        Originally posted by tima View Post
        Fascinating how S's music took on different meanings before and after publication of the Volkov memoirs (Testimony.)

        I enjoy the 12th, "The Year 1917". Step by ponderous step, the inexorable carapace of proletarian praxis rides athwart the imperial walker of historical inevitability.
        There is no joy here, only the inevitable crush of synthesis, the sledgehammer of history delivered in huge dynamic swings of massive timpani whacks and cymbal clashes.
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        • #7
          Shostakovich is one of my favourite composers. I can't choose only one of his works I like the most but I listen to the 15th symphony regularly. J.Darlington with Duisburger Philharmoniker on Acousence Records from 2007 is one of more interesting "new" performances...

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          • #8
            Wish this was on vinyl. I bought it when it first came out. It went out of print and now its back.

            Imo the best modern collection.

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            • #9
              I haven't read Fay, knowing of her through articles like the one cited.

              I started reading this book from now-departed Ian MacDonald who has written extensively on the composer. Found it interesting though a bit dense in sentence structure.
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              Only to learn there is a second edition out with substantial corrections

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              ISBN 184595064X 9781845950644

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              • #10
                If you think his symphonic pieces are difficult to appreciate then I advise you to stay away from his string quartets!

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