Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sunday night is Rostropovich playing Shostakovich

Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello in E-flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Written in 1959. Performed by Mstislav Rostropovich, 1967

I. Allegretto  II. Moderato  III. Cadenza  IV. Allegro con moto

If there is a soundtrack to mid 20C European history it must surely be composed by Dmitri Shostakovich. The heroic grimness, the survival or otherwise, the sense of crawling through dark tunnels in hope of light. It is not descriptive music but it speaks to that condition. Here's the Good Music Guide link.

Bit dark for a sunny Sunday afternoon in Autumn? Never mind. Let's get on with it.

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