Proms Feature - Brave Words, Brave Music

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Testimony19980816

Stephen Johnson asks if Shostakovich's music can only be understood against the political and historical background of the composer's time, or if the music speaks for itself. With contributions from Solomon Volkov, editor of Shostakovich's memoirs `Testimony'; composer Gerard McBurney; cellist and author Elizabeth Wilson; and musicologists David Fanning, Allan Ho and Dmitri Feofanov. With readings by Christopher Scott.