The lucky Bostonians have a privilege to enjoy the WHRB Orgies. Who do not know that WHRB Orgies are continues FM broadcast of musical programs devoted to a single composer, player, singer, genre, or even a subject. This moth we have Robert Schumann, Dietrich Buxtehude, Karl Leister, Dmitri Shostakovich, Bruno Walter, Ignaz Franz Von Biber and Elgar Orgies when each and single peace they ever composed or performed is broadcasted in a marathon-style.
I’m listening now the Shostakovich’s Orgie and I ask myself again an again: why I do not like him. I always have problem with Shostakovich. He has some wonderful music (a few Symphonies, some preludes, practically all quartets) and at the same time some… of the most vulgar music that I feel ever was composed in XX century.
I would not describe my relationship with Shostakovich as love/hate/ I would rather say that I hate him but at the same tome I admit that some of this “better peaces” are very good or even geniusesly good.
I wonder if Shostakovich was a dog or a Cat person….
Romy the caT