Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - 1921

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 42:

Sofronitsky was like Yudina in that you never knew what to expect from him. In 1921 they were graduating from the Conservatoire and both were playing Liszt’s B minor sonata. Their graduating recitals were a sensation, all of Petrograd was there. Suddenly Nikolayev came out on stage and said, ‘Student Sofronitsky is ill and begs your indulgence.’ I was rather surprised. Sofronitsky played brilliantly, as was expected, but after the examination I went up to Nikolayev and asked what that was all about. If you’re ill, don’t play. And if you do play, then why announce that you’re ill? …   more >>
cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov (London, 1979), p. 42. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427917890676 accessed: 25 November, 2017

location of experience: Russia

Listeners

Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

Listening to

hide composers
B minor Sonata
written by Franz Liszt, Fryderyk Chopin
performed by Yudina, Sofronitsky

Experience Information

Date/Time 1921
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:51:30 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:47:38 +0000