Dmitri Shostakovich in St. Petersburg - 18 January, 1974

from Story of a Friendship. The letters of Dmitry Shostakovich to Isaak Glikman with a commentary by Isaak Glikman, page 193:

I [Isaak Glikman] accompanied Shostakovich and Irina Antonovna to a concert in the Small Hall of the Philharmonia. On their way back to Repino in the car, before dropping me off at my home on Bolshaya Pushkarskaya Street, Shostakovich said, 'à propos' the concert we had just heard: “That C minor Quartet of Brahms is such a wishy-washy piece. But on the other hand what magnificent symphonies he wrote! If often happens that feeble things come from the same hand as other things that are incredibly strong. Also, I find Beethoven’s Ninth Quartet has lost none of its power to transport me.’
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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. 193. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431534800137 accessed: 25 October, 2021

location of experience: St. Petersburg

Listeners

Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist
1906-1975

Listening to

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9th Symphony
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
Brahms's C minor Quartet
written by Brahms

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 January, 1974
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 13 May 2015 17:33:20 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:34:36 +0000