Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich

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Solomon Volkov
Limelight Editions, 2004 - Music - 289 pages
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(Limelight). This is the powerful memoirs which an ailing Dmitri Shostakovich dictated to a young Russian musicologist, Solomon Volkov. When it was first published in 1979, it became an international bestseller. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as black-and-white photos. " Testimony changed the perception of Shostakovich's life and work dramatically, and influenced innumerable performances of his music." New Grove Dictionary

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User Review  - libraryhermit - LibraryThing

I bought this book in the 1980s, very soon after it was published. So it was not very long after the death of Shostakovich. My assumption that this would be the only chance that was available to hear ... Read full review

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User Review  - RobertDay - LibraryThing

A controversial book; doubt has been cast on the accuracy of Volkov's reporting. Certainly to me, the voice of Shostakovich that comes over is too jaundiced to be entirely credible; after all ... Read full review

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