Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's

from Testimony- The memoirs of Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov, page 17:

I hate Toscanini. I’ve never heard him in a concert hall, but I’ve heard enough of his recordings. What he does to music is terrible in my opinion. He chops it up into a hash and then pours a disgusting sauce over it. Toscanini ‘honoured’ me by conducting my symphonies. I heard those records, too, and they’re worthless. / I’ve read about Toscanini’s conducting style and his manner of conducting a rehearsal. The people who describe this disgraceful behaviour are for some reason delighted by it. I simply can’t understand what they find delightful. / I think it’s outrageous, not…   more >>
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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. 17. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427830544099 accessed: 9 December, 2022

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Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

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Shostakovich's Symphonies
written by Dmitri Shostakovich
performed by Arturo Toscanini

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Date/Time the 1900's
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Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:35:44 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:26:05 +0000