Dmitri Shostakovich - at the end of 1954

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 157:

Usually, when people want to praise the work of a conductor, they say that there was something ‘new’ in his performance of a work. It is to Hermann Abendroth’s credit that this performances of Beethoven’s symphonies did not sound ‘new’, but ‘Beethoven-like’: conducting strictly and thoughtfully, he upheld Beethoven’s own fine traditions, renouncing external effects and penetrating deep into the essence of each work.

cite as

Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 157. accessed: 30 May, 2024


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Beethoven's symphonies
written by Beethoven
performed by Hermann Abendroth

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1954
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Excerpt from 'Pravda', 26 Oct., 1954.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sat, 02 Jan 2016 22:15:59 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:06:09 +0100