Shostakovich Cello Concerto

Since I aim to perform Shostakovich in North Korea…here is how I teach it:

Apart from Charles Armstrong / the political historian, Brian Myers / a literature expert, and the otherwise-omniscent Andrei Lankov / who actually admits he has little understanding of classical music, who might be working on socialist realism in North Korea?    Zhdanov’s 1948 decrees are still reverberating…

And, although I can’t vouch for the translation, the great Soviet conductor of his time (and a survivor!) describes Shostakovich:

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