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Shostakovich: The Nose

Below is a complete performance of Shostakovich’s first opera The Nose. I have previously written about he opera – here. As I mentioned in that earlier post the opera needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. This 1979 staging has English subtitles. The 21 year old composer’s exuberance explodes off of the stage. The orchestral…

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The Nose in HD

The nose know what the nose knows Jimmy Durante Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera, The Nose, was telecast today. Written when the composer was 21 years old. It is an extraordinary work that can only make its point when seen.  It’s a tour de force heavily influenced by Berg’s Wozzeck.  It is a combination of Arnold…

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