Dmitri shostakovich* shostakovich·, slovak radio symphony orchestra* czecho-slovak radio symphony orc

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) was a Russian composer and pianist and was one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Life and Music

A half century after it was written, Death of a Salesman remains a powerful drama. Its indictment of fundamental American values and the American Dream of material success may seem somewhat tame in today’s age of constant national and individual self-analysis and criticism, but its challenge was quite radical for its time. After World War II, the United States faced profound and irreconcilable domestic tensions and contradictions. Although the war had ostensibly engendered an unprecedented sense of American confidence, prosperity, and security, the United States became increasingly embroiled in a tense cold war with the Soviet Union. The propagation of myths of a peaceful, homogenous, and nauseatingly gleeful American golden age was tempered by constant anxiety about Communism, bitter racial conflict, and largely ignored economic and social stratification. Many Americans could not subscribe to the degree of social conformity and the ideological and cultural orthodoxy that a prosperous, booming, conservative suburban middle-class championed.

Shostakovich’s chameleon-like creative personality makes him impossible to tie down. Take his knockabout Piano Concerto , which throws virtually everything into the stylistic melting pot – vaudeville, jazz, music hall, honky-tonk, passing references to Beethoven, Haydn and Mahler, and a side-splitting finale reminiscent of Milhaud slapstick thrown in for good measure. Yet although one can never be sure just what he is going to do next, there is one immutable fact about his music – it could only be by Shostakovich.


Dmitri Shostakovich* Shostakovich·, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra* Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra·, Ladislav Slovák - Symphony No. 4 In C MinorDmitri Shostakovich* Shostakovich·, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra* Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra·, Ladislav Slovák - Symphony No. 4 In C MinorDmitri Shostakovich* Shostakovich·, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra* Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra·, Ladislav Slovák - Symphony No. 4 In C MinorDmitri Shostakovich* Shostakovich·, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra* Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra·, Ladislav Slovák - Symphony No. 4 In C Minor

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