Susan Tomes in Bantry House - June, 2001
I attend a masterclass given to a group of Irish students by Valentin Berlinsky, cellist of the Borodin Quartet for 55 years, on good terms with Stalin, and a friend of Shostakovich - therefore one of the few people left who can remember what Shostakovich said about his music. He speaks quietly and dogmatically, though from time to time he assures the youngsters that they 'must find their own way'. That doesn't seem like an option though.
He strictly controls their tempi and their pauses, occasionally delivering a crushing, 'Not very good'. He tells them it's hard for anyone who … more >>
Susan Tomes, Visiting Ireland: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, June 2001. In Beyond the notes : journeys with chamber music (Woodbridge, 2004), p. 105. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1403463666479 accessed: 23 November, 2017
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written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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