Shostakovich - The Gadfly (3. Youth)
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Nicola Benedetti: The Silver Violin - an album guide
4. Shostakovich - The Gadfly (3. Youth)
The violin is so exposed here, and Shostkovich's melody is destined to be judged on its barest elements alone. The 1955 film version from which Shostakovich's score comes is based on Ethel Lilian Voynich's novel from 1897.