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Old 12-22-2009, 04:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Shostakovich: a Russian, soviet-era composer who wrote one of my favorite pieces.

For me, Piano Concerto #1 in C minor is the best. I like the stark contrast between the very haunting/sad parts and the sections which are joyous or carefree.

Anyone else like Shostakovich (or perhaps a different Russian composer..?) ?

As an aside, I find this quote from him (as he was nearing the end of his life) interesting:

"Target achieved so far: 75% (right leg broken, left leg broken, right hand defective). All I need to do now is wreck the left hand and then 100% of my extremities will be out of order."
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 47

I like the second movement, but the whole piece is great.
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I like the quote...

Also a fan of symphony number 5, but think one of my favourites of his has to be the Second Waltz.
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saw something of his performed by a seemingly unusually large orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. quite enjoyed it to my surprise. (free tix, pleasant night in the high seats, don't have to expect much from the entertainment) ... the orchestra was either too big and powerful for the sound system and there were phasing issues, or else Shostakovich composed in stereo ... either way I liked the results
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm in love with Symphony 8, 3rd movement, so eerie and disconcerting
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I just bought a copy of his 5th symphony, really interesting stuff.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Piano trio in E min is awesome!!
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I also like his Jazz Suite. Here's my favourite movement - Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz II. This is the piece featured at the beginning of the movie Eyes Wide Shut.

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 47

I like the second movement, but the whole piece is great.
Agreed... I love this symphony, especially the emotion and intensity in the first movement. Though I must say that I've always viewed the fourth movement as a bit too... triumphant, I guess. However, I've read somewhere that Shostakovich may have been mocking Stalin's expectations..

Either way, IMO his best is String Quartet No. 8. Unparalleled in despair but also in beauty.. a piece of music that I'm truly amazed by every time I listen to it.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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As great as so many "Shosty" symphonies are (5, 7, 8, and so on) there is quite simply nothing to compare with his daring and monumental Symphony No.4.

He withdrew it on the eve of its planned premiere (1936), and shrewdly so, as it was so wild and anti-Soviet he may have ended up in the Siberian labour camps, having already been severely criticized in Pravda for a recent opera. It waited a quarter of a century for its first performance, which happened in late 1961. The climax of the symphony is quite simply devastating.

Several performances on YouTube. folks.

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