Dmitri Shostakovich

Shostakovich’s Symphonic Shot At The Soviets

N.Y. Philharmonic to perform ‘Babi Yar,’ the composer’s public rebuke of the Kremlin.

10/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

There’s a special look that artists develop when they live under a brutal dictatorship. It’s a shiftiness in the eyes that comes from always looking behind to see who is listening and taking notes when they speak, write, paint, compose. Dmitri Shostakovich must have had that look down pat.

“He was on a list,” Victoria Bond says. “They must have watched his every move.”

Kurt Masur, music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic.
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