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Opus 20 Modern Masterworks: Dimitri Shostakovich (1991)

A documentary introduction from musicologist Michael Nupen which places the Symphony and the life and work of Shostakovich in the context of its time. The performance of Symphony No.5 in D ... See full summary »

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A documentary introduction from musicologist Michael Nupen which places the Symphony and the life and work of Shostakovich in the context of its time. The performance of Symphony No.5 in D minor OP.47 played by The Russian Federation State Symphony Orchesta conducted by Yevgeni Svetlanov. Written by Josef d'Bache-Kane

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Astoundingly well-done documentary
15 March 2004 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I happened across this documentary late one night with my brother on TVO

(TVOntario) at my parents'. We were both absolutely gripped by this telling of the story of the life of Shostakovich and the surrounding history of Russia, all woven together with the composer's music. Though we are not musicians, and

my brother is not that familiar with Shostakovich's music, we both found the film exceptionally engaging, I think due in a large part, to the scope of the

perspective the film lends on the drama of the human experience. I saw that I was learning history, at the same time as being fascinated by it. This Opus 20 Modern Masterworks series film is quite possibly the best documentary film I

have seen to date. I would like to purchase it if it's available.


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