We asked one of the world’s best violinists to take us through one of the hardest concertos out there
Dmitri Shostakovich Guides
That’s what Shostakovich does to you.
Mark Matsov’s flat in Tallinn contains an invaluable collection of Shostakovich scores and recordings from the communist era. But even in post-Soviet times the archive is under threat.
Maxim Shostakovich still recalls the awe of hearing, when he was just four years old, the first performance of his father Dmitri’s Leningrad Symphony. Here, he explains how the experience sparked his desire to follow in his father’s musical footsteps.
Was Dmitri Shostakovich a stunningly original composer whose music carries the scars of political intervention, or a devoted Soviet citizen who enshrined the glory of Mother Russia in his symphonies?
How Hitler's attack on Russia inspired one of Shostakovich's greatest works.
Shostakovich was a stunningly original composer whose music carries the scars of political intervention.
Three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for hooliganism after they staged a guerrilla concert - but who is the classical music equivalent?