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opus_125
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posted April 24, 2000 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if you guys talk about classical music here. But if you do... Any Shostakovich fans out there? I think when all is said and done, Dmitri S. will rank as one the greatest composers of all times. What do you think?

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EmilySachs
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posted April 24, 2000 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My God, I wasn't expecting the first post to be a classical one... but that's GREAT! I encourage only classical discussions. If we can keep the Backstreet Boys and unou12 discussions down... that's terrific. Even though I'm sure they're great musicians, it's just not my forte...

Anyway, Shostakovich, yes... The second moment of the 2nd Piano Concerto is absolutely sublime in its simplicity. When I was a concert pianist I always tried to program that piece. I also love the piano quintet (I forget the opus number) and all the symphones - except 15 (I'm not sure I understand that one)...

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opus_125
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posted April 25, 2000 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Favorite Shostakovich symphony recording - Symphony #6 conducted by Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw orchestra.

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opus_125
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posted April 26, 2000 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
fred, fred, fred... If I was to tell you that Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the greatest composers that ever lived and he managed to do this under horrific conditions and the political oppression of Stalin... would that tell you who he is?

Or if I told you, he was a brilliant composer that was a mouthpiece of the Soviet government but still managed to compose works of absolute genius (unlike that hack Khachaturian)... would that tell you who he is?

All I know, is the next time you're on Amazon or in Tower Records - pick up the 6th Symphony by DS.

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ChimpanZZZ-BRA
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posted April 27, 2000 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChimpanZZZ-BRA   Click Here to Email ChimpanZZZ-BRA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Come on, let's turn this Shosstovich board into a Dawson's Creek board! Come on... Did anybody see Pacey and Joey tonight!

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opus_125
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posted April 27, 2000 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I posted this in the film score, but I might as well repeat it here...

The definitive site for all things Dmitri Shostakovich is... http://www.siue.edu/~aho/musov/dmitri.html

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EmilySachs
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posted April 27, 2000 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to see a few posts here. I was in New York yesterday and I'm just looking here. That Shostakovich site is really terrific. Esa Pekka Sallonen has just completed a new recording of the, I believe, first piano concerto and the violin concerto. I'm not sure when they're releasing it, though.

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opus_125
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posted April 27, 2000 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, here's a question for only the most hardcare of Shostakovich fans. Which Mussogsky opera did Shostakovich re-orchestrate and whose original orchestration did he improve on?

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fred
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posted April 28, 2000 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Uh, I don't know... You've really stumped us now, Opus_125.

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jollyjoe
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posted April 28, 2000 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jollyjoe   Click Here to Email jollyjoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was it "Your Momma's Opera?"

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opus_125
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posted April 28, 2000 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, smart guy... It was Khovachina...

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EmilySachs
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posted April 29, 2000 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, opus_125, have you ever heard the story of Shostakovich's friend, Maria Yudina? It's an absolutely fascinating story of this crazy/enlightened poet/pianist that went to school with Dmitri Shos and was openly against Stalin but he did nothing to her because she was his favorite pianist. It's absolutely a great story. Since this topic seems to be you and me only, let's keep it going.

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opus_125
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posted May 02, 2000 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, she was wild. She used to give away the money she made doing concerts and nearly froze to death every winter because she couldn't afford heat... If you believe "Testimony"... and I do.

[This message has been edited by opus_125 (edited March 05, 2001).]

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EmilySachs
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posted May 04, 2000 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to have abandoned you like that, opus_125. We've had a bit of a crisis here at Manka Music. I'm sure it's nothing like The Seige of Leningrad (which Shostakovich and Maria Yudina had to live through) but it's been pretty dramatic around here nonetheless.

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opus_125
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posted May 05, 2000 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to hear it's been so crazy. What's going on? You're not leaving are you?

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