Rare video: Rozhdestvensky takes instruction from Shostakovich

Rare video: Rozhdestvensky takes instruction from Shostakovich


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2018

This video comes from rehearsals of The Nose in Moscow, 1975.

Also in the front row: Irina and Maxim Shostakovich.

Wonderful to hear those voices.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky died this weekend, aged 87.


  • barry guerrero says:

    I think they were discussing Jacque Tati’s “Mon Oncle”, which they had watched in Shostakovich’s apartment the night before.

  • John Borstlap says:


    I wonder whether the regime had ordered those dark glasses, to ensure the colouring of S’s music took on the appropriate soviet hue.

  • barry guerrero says:

    When you live in a horror show, the dark glasses probably help soften the psychological carnage.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    He once told me that he never rehearsed for more than 45 minute’s. Let the performance speak for itself.

  • AZ Contrabassoon says:

    What are the chances of getting a nice boxed set of all Rozhdestvensky’s USSR recordings? Remastered with a nice booklet. Then the BBC should do the same, and borrow the excellent Chandos recordings to fill it out.

  • msc says:


  • esfir ross says:

    This video’s not good legacy to GR personality. He smoke in proximity to D.Shostakovich that dying of lung cancer 1975, not asking permission from lady.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    ??? . . .

    Hello, Soviet Russia; remember?