Dmitri Shostakovich

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Silencing Russian music plays into Putin’s hands | Letters
Letters: Readers on the Ukrainian culture minister’s call for a boycott of Russian culture, in protest at the invasion of Ukraine

09, Dec, 2022 @5:34 PM

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Cherry Town, Moscow review – Shostakovich’s operetta becomes a zany romp but outstays its welcome
Welsh National Youth Opera attack the subversive satire with verve and enthusiasm, maximising the theatricality and cheerfully taking the Mikhail out of it all

Rian Evans

11, Oct, 2022 @7:12 AM

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Prom 25: BBCPhil/Storgårds/Eyck review – Aho’s theremin casts a spell
Carolina Eyck was mesmerising in Kalevi Aho’s theremin concerto, while Kaija Saariaho’s Vista and Shostakovich’s 15th symphony were superbly played by the BBC Philharmonic

Tim Ashley

05, Aug, 2022 @11:25 AM

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The week in classical: Peter Grimes; Emerson Quartet; RPO/Petrenko
An all-star production of Britten’s opera thrilled; Soviet-era melancholy flowed through Shostakovich’s quartets; and the RPO rose to their game-changing new conductor

Fiona Maddocks

26, Mar, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Time to face up to the fusion illusion? | Brief letters
Brief letters: No such thing as time | Cushioning the blow | Out for the count | Reclaiming San Serriffe | Marine disaster

14, Feb, 2022 @6:05 PM

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The week in classical: Life, Letters & Friendship; Bluebeard’s Castle – review
The Carducci Quartet get to the heart of Shostakovich, while two very different interpretations of Bartók’s only opera enthral

Stephen Pritchard

13, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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On DSCH: Shostakovich and Stevenson/Igor Levit | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Pairing Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH with Shostakovich’s equally epic 24 Preludes is a unique combination of rarity and virtuosity

Andrew Clements

09, Sep, 2021 @1:42 PM

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Proms Festival Orchestra/ Wigglesworth review – jubilant one-off
A jubilant and light-on-its-feet performance of Mahler’s monumental 5th symphony made this Prom an emotionally charged occasion

Erica Jeal

09, Sep, 2021 @12:57 PM

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Igor Oistrakh obituary
Violinist who followed in the steps of his celebrated father David, and joined him in works by Bach and Mozart

Anne Inglis

03, Sep, 2021 @4:19 PM

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Online concerts need more audience support | Letter
Letters: Mick Murray shares the response he got from the director of English Touring Opera on the need for the public to connect with artists


28, Jun, 2021 @4:22 PM

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The week in classical: Classical Vauxhall; L'Heure Espagnole – review
Fresh performances of Shostakovich and Beethoven open Classical Vauxhall’s mini-festival, while GPO turns its hand to Ravel’s clock-shop comedy

Fiona Maddocks

27, Mar, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Shostakovich: where to start with his music
In the eye of Russia’s revolutionary storm, he wrote some of the most powerful – and cryptic – music of the 20th century. Whether he is judged a Soviet lackey or heroic dissident, the wealth of his musical legacy is beyond doubt

Martin Kettle

23, Sep, 2020 @11:00 AM

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