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11
Feb

Dimitri Shostakovich: his early career

Shostakovich initially embarked on a dual career as concert pianist and composer, but his dry style of playing (his American biographer, Laurel Fay, comments on his “emotional restraint” and “riveting rhythmic drive”) was often unappreciated. He nevertheless won an “honorable mention” at the First International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1927. After the competition Shostakovich met the conductor Bruno

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