March 28, 2003
Just heard : Sjostakovitj's 4th symphony

Just attended a good performance of Sjostakovitj's 4th symphony with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A tough but rewarding hour of uncompromising modern music. Leaving the concert hall, one can't help but admire how uncompromising this music is and the enormous scale of Sjostakovitj's ambition in writing it. Of course the world still sees huge new achievements and several schools of composition has formed and faltered between the 30's when this was written and today, but that kind of intensity in a composer and his work is rare and may just be impossible now.

Posted by Claus at March 28, 2003 01:06 AM
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