Watch: Shostakovich plays his new opera

Watch: Shostakovich plays his new opera


norman lebrecht

May 11, 2019

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

Some pianist.



  • Esther Cavett says:

    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

  • John Rook says:

    Superb playing.

  • Gene Gaudette says:

    Decent composer, and he could play a little!

  • Paul Capon says:

    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.