[ US /ˌʃɔstəˈkoʊvɪtʃ/ ]
  1. Russian composer best known for his fifteen symphonies (1906-1975)
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  • I think most young composers have suffered through this: nothing sucks more than watching musicians roll their eyes and mutter and declare bits 'unidiomatic' that, of course, they'd woodshed if the name in the upper-left corner was 'Shostakovich'. Reading Session
  • His discography has included Scriabin, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Milhaud, and Rodrigo.
  • He counts work on Shostakovich's quartets with Rostropovich as among the high points of his musical life.
  • The Shostakovich 5th, after the interval, brought the house down so he encored the last couple of minutes of it.
  • Pianist Alexander Melnikov's brilliant new recording should convince any holdouts that Shostakovich's massive 150-minute set is far from what has occasionally been called dour and academic. On CD: Melnikov's Shostakovich
  • Of course, Shostakovich's biting and grotesque satire rears its head as well, particularly in the 3rd Movement Allegro non troppo.
  • Broadly, people seemed to be fairly sure about the emotion a piece was meant to communicate - for instance 91 per cent agreed that a clip from one of Shostakovich's work was meant to convey sadness.
  • Shostakovich's seven Alexander Blok settings embrace a bleak, uncomfortable musical language, even when expressing some sort of serenity.
  • Any view of Shostakovich is seriously incomplete without knowledge of these recordings.
  • However, it is not a complete cycle, for it was recorded (in collaboration with the composer in Moscow in the late 1960s) before Shostakovich had composed his 14th and 15th quartets.
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