Dmitri Shostakovich in Zhukovka - 1968

from Story of a Friendship. The letters of Dmitry Shostakovich to Isaak Glikman with a commentary by Isaak Glikman, page 151:

True, I did go to the Bolshoy Theatre not long ago, to hear Yevgeny Onegin conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. Slava was very good, and once again gave proof of his phenomenal talents. I was struck by the exceptionally low standard of the singers, all of whom except Vishnevskaya as Tatyana were at best average. Lensky was extremely feeble. Maslennikov, who sang the role and was a good singer once upon a time, has evidently lost his voice either through drink or for some other reason. Gremin (Ognivtsev) was positively indecent.
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Dmitri Shostakovich / Isaac Glikman, Story of a Friendship. The letters of Dmitry Shostakovich to Isaak Glikman with a commentary by Isaak Glikman (Queen Square, London, 2001), p. 151. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431430344593 accessed: 24 November, 2020

location of experience: Zhukovka

Listeners

Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

Listening to

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Yevgeny Onegin
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by Gremin, Lensky, Maslennikov, Galina Vishnevskaya, Mstislav Rostropovich

Experience Information

Date/Time 1968
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 12 May 2015 12:32:24 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:14:39 +0000