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 52:

And Glazunov played the piano rather well, I must add. In an original manner, but well. He didn’t have a real piano technique and he often played without removing his famous cigar from his right hand. Glazunov held the cigar between his third and fourth fingers. I’ve seen It myself. And yet he managed to every note, absolutely everything, including the most difficult passages. It looked as though Glazunov’s fat fingers were melting in the keys, drowning in them. Glazunov could also sightread the most complicated score and make it sound as though an excellent orchestra were playing.
cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov (London, 1979), p. 52. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431345078511 accessed: 23 September, 2017

location of experience: Russia

Listeners

Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of the 1900's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 11 May 2015 12:51:18 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:09:10 +0000