Watch: Shostakovich plays his new opera

This was filmed before Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was suppressed as a result of Stalin’s hostile review.

Some pianist.


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  • Wow – there’s footage of him playing the rather easier 1st concerto. But had never realised he was this good a pianist.

    Thanks for posting

  • I read somewhere that Dimitri Shostakovich was a movie theater pianist in his early music career. Watching him play, made me see his superb technique, spontaneity and sense of rhythm.

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