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5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich in History, 25 May 2006
This review is from: Shostakovich Against Stalin - The War Symphonies [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This DVD is a gem in the universe of relatively few "must have" DVDs in the classical music world. Combining images to music can be very intrusive for some listeners, as myself, amputating the real pleasure and spiritual experience when listening to true art in sound. However, the DVD medium must have a place in this "strange" world of classical music, and this specific one is going in the right direction, I think - so congratulations to Philips, that surelly has many others like this in its archive. This DVD is very well conceived, with dynamic narrative, explaining adequatelly the ideas that are in discussion, with well thought point of views. It is very illuminating regarding the life experiences of Shostakovich and their roots in one of the most rich countries, concerning that argument, in history. There are some very well conducted pieces of symphonic music, the most enriching one written during the 20th century besides Mahler. Maybe filming Gergiev in a limousine could be otherwise excused, but even that contributes to ilustrate the contrast that exists in the present days for living Russian musics when compared to the lifes of musicians in the near past. If you are a Shostakovich admirer, you must buy this DVD...
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