Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - in the beginning of the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 40:

Yudina saw Mussorgsky as a purely religious composer. But Mussorgsky isn’t Bach, after all, and it’s a rather controversial reading, I think. And then there was the business of reading poetry at her concerts. Either you play or you read poetry, not both. I realize that she read Pasternak, and at a time when he was banned. But nonetheless, the whole thing reminded me of a ventriloquist’s act. And naturally they result of the famous readings – between Bach and Beethoven, I think – was another huge scandal in the series of Yudina’s scandals.
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Dmitri Shostakovich, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov (London, 1979), p. 40. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427877541678 accessed: 21 November, 2017

location of experience: Russia

Listeners

Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

Listening to

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Mussorgsky's works
written by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
performed by Yudina

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of the 1900's
Medium live
Listening Environment in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:39:01 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:46:45 +0000