Sheila Fitzpatrick: Shostakovich, 1 December 2011
Show More Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets by Wendy Lesser.
Yale, 350 pp., £18.99, April 2011, 978 0 300 16933 1Show More
Shostakovich in Dialogue: Form, Imagery and Ideas in Quartets 1-7 by Judith Kuhn.
Ashgate, 296 pp., £65, February 2010, 978 0 7546 6406 2Show More
“... In the end, the metaphor turns out to be so all-encompassing that it doesn’t seem very useful. Judith Kuhn is both a musicologist and an amateur cellist, who knows the quartets from playing as well as studying them; and her book offers musical analyses of the first seven, each introduced with a sensible contextual essay. Like Lesser, ...”