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Altovaya sonata. Dmitriy Shostakovich (1981)

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Release Date:

1981 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

Sonata for Viola. Dmitri Shostakovitch  »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | (DVD)

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1.33 : 1
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Superb documentary
5 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful and moving documentary about the life and death of Dimitri Shostakovich. It uses documentary footage, archive materials and contemporary footage of places where Shostakovich lived and worked. As befits a documentary about a major composer the music is integral to the film and is illuminated by the visuals. Extracts from his symphonic works are used and also from his chamber music including the last work he wrote but never heard in performance. Although it was distressing to see Shostakovich towards the end of his life looking ill and haunted the documentary is life affirming in the sense that the music lives on and continues to enrich our lives.

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