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The World's Greatest Music
Some snow-covered recommendations from the Russian section of Katherine's collection.
Dmitri Shostakovich is one of the great composers to come out of Russia’s troubled 20th century. Shostakovich had a complex and difficult relationship with the Soviet regime, and developed his own, very unique hybrid style which at times seems to glorify the communist state and Russian history, and at others appears to satirize or poke fun at it. Between 1929 and 1970 Shostakovich wrote more than 30 film soundtracks, and the score for the The Gadfly in 1955 remains a big hit thanks to its use in the 1980s television series Reilly, Ace of Spies, pictured, starring Sam Neill.
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