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BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS -

Fol­low­ing our fo­cus on Rus­sian mu­sic in Novem­ber, on so­cial me­dia we asked you to tell us which piece of mu­sic best en­cap­su­lated the Soviet era. Here are some of your replies: Prokofiev’s (pic­tured right) Can­tata for the Twen­ti­eth An­niver­sary: the Sovi­ets ban­ning it per­fectly sums up the hypocrisy of the era – it’s bru­tally hon­est! Char­lotte Perkins (@lot­tie_perkins) Shostakovich flip­ping the bird to Stalin in his Sym­phony No. 10 Gene De Lisa Rach­mani­nov’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 4 – shows an ex­ile long­ing for his home­land. Christo­pher John­son The Iron Foundry Op. 19 by Alexan­der #Mos­solov Or­pheus (@Or­pheusl) Al­fred Sch­nit­tke’s First Sym­phony sums it all up Marek kvaren­ina Shostakovich Sym­phony No. 10, with its ubiq­ui­tous 2nd move­ment (Stalin) and DS’S tri­umph in the fi­nale Ben Daniell (@ben­ja­min­daniell) Shostakovich’s Fes­tive Over­ture, as it was pre­miered a year af­ter Stalin’s death Hiew Tze Jia (@hiewtze­jia) 1st Vi­o­lin Con­certo by Tikhon Khren­nikov (sadly) Jens F Laur­son (@Clas­si­cal­critic)

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