Which newspaper did Shostakovich read

Which newspaper did Shostakovich read


norman lebrecht

October 26, 2021

No prizes for guessing this one.



  • Roman says:

    It’s written on the newspaper right on this photo: “Правда” (“Truth” in English). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pravda – it is still published.

  • John Kelly says:

    Not much choice back in those days but I suspect he’s just checking the football scores….

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Was there any other choice?

    • Diane Valeriee says:

      Back then he could have read Izvestia (News). The old soviet joke was that there was no Pravda (Truth) in Izvestia and no Izvestia in Pravda …

  • PaulD says:

    He’s reading Walter Duranty’s column in the New York Times, and not believing a thing.

  • Brettermeier says:

    If I had to guess:

    Pravda, 1957, October.

  • Hannah says:

    Did he have a choice?

  • Alexander says:

    Pravda (Truth)

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    And on this theme, don’t forget SD on Boulez:


  • CYM says:

    « The Cigarette Reader’s Digest » ?

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    He reads an article who said that his music was stolen by Andre Rieu and the publicity and he appreciates that the Chailly’s jazz and dance albums from his music made in the 90’s with the RCO are excellents.

  • Gary Freer says:

    Looking for Julian Barnes’ TV reviews

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    The Berlin Wall Street Journal, obviously

  • Wurm says:

    Just wondering when NL will post a snap of major composer / artist (other than chummy Slatkin or his neighbour Isserlis!) reading SD…

  • Kenny says:


    But I agree it’s thankfully a short list.

  • John Borstlap says:

    According to his facial expression he’s reading an enthusiastic review about a piece of Prokofiev.