Culture Re-View: A review that could kill

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Euronews (English)

26 January 1936: A musician receives a review worse than anything Pitchfork’s ever given Dimitry Shostakovich is one of the most renowned and respected classical composers. But his career got off to a rather shaky start. Born in Russia in 1906, he grew up in the nascently formed Soviet Union, seeing decent success from his early symphonies. His 1934 opera ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ looked to be another chapter in the burgeoning career of one of the USSR’s most promising composers. That was until a fateful performance on this day in 1936. It’s hard to think of any audience member as intimidating…

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