Rare pic: Shostakovich at a private premiere

Rare pic: Shostakovich at a private premiere


norman lebrecht

August 21, 2014

We have shared a number of pictures from the composer’s archive, but few more fascinating than this. It shows the composer at a premiere of his violin sonata Op. 134.

The performance took place at a Union of Soviet Composers private hearing; David Oistrakh (violin) and Mieczysław Weinberg (piano) on January 8, 1969. 

Itstands as further testimony of the intense and unruffled friendship that existed over 30 years between DSCH and the less-celebrated Weinberg, whose importance is only now being widely recognised.

shostakovich weinberg


© 2009 Irina Antonovna Shostakovich


  • Neil McGowan says:

    Thank you for this fascinating and charming photograph 🙂 I suppose it’s not possible to see a larger copy – to identify some of the faces in the audience?

  • Olaugh Turchev says:

    So smooth…