Dmitri Shostakovich in Berlin - the 1900's

from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 193:

I have heard Oistrakh perform many, many times, but not once has he ever failed. Once, a few years ago in Berlin, I stayed in the hotel room next to his. In two days' time he was to give a performance of Chaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Of course, Oistrakh had played it hundreds of times before, yet he practised it day and night, as though he were about to perform it for the first time. I think I would be correct in saying that it was this combination …   more >>

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Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 193. accessed: 7 December, 2022

location of experience: Berlin


Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by David Oistrakh

Experience Information

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


Excerpt from 'Literaturnaya Gazeta', 8 June, 1957.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:42:08 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:11:56 +0100