Rare video: Rozhdestvensky takes instruction from Shostakovich

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.

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

  • Fascinating.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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