Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia - the 1900's
It’s funny to talk about it now, but there was a time, until I heard Krennikov’s opera Into the Storm, when my picture stood on Khrennikov’s desk. A bad opera. I considered Khrennikov a talented man and here was a weak imitation of Dzerzhinsky’s terrible opera 'The Quiet Don'. Krennikov was obviously speculating. Everything in that opera fitted the political situation. The libretto was based on a novel which Stalin liked very much and the music was based on an opera that Stalin had approved.
location of experience: Russia
Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:16:33 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:57:47 +0000