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« on: July 05, 2017, 04:23:54 AM »

Astonishingly, I had to start a new topic for this. My most recent non-audio acquisition is this:



It's a greatly revised edition of a book first published around 1990. No wonder it's greatly revised----so much new information about Stalin's Terror has come to light since then.

Curiously, I borrowed the original 1990s version from my local library years ago and photocopied the extraordinary section about Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony. Lucky I did, as one of the most magical passages in the book (about part of the third movement) has been truncated in the new version into a couple of sentences! That said, it seems the editor was in constant contact with the author for this revised edition (until the latter's death in 2003) and the kind of revisions made keep to his own revised ideas of how it was in the period around 1936. Should make a fascinating read...   
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 08:08:36 AM »

I'm presently reading a book that concentrates on the period when Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony.
The book has given a bio, including information about the earlier symphonies. I listened to his First Symphony yesterday. The third movement deeply affected me. And to think that he was still a teenager when he wrote it.
A funny thing was that he had a job playing piano accompanying silent films. He would try out parts of his First Symphony then, hopefully the music worked with what was happening on the screen.

There was also a section describing the Fourth Symphony, and that it wasn't performed for many years. From the author's description of it, I will need to go somewhere quiet and not be disturbed when listening to it.
And the Fifth Symphony - was he being pro- or anti-Stalin at the end of it?

A fascinating man!
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 02:42:22 AM »

I'm presently reading a book that concentrates on the period when Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony.
The book has given a bio, including information about the earlier symphonies. I listened to his First Symphony yesterday. The third movement deeply affected me. And to think that he was still a teenager when he wrote it.
A funny thing was that he had a job playing piano accompanying silent films. He would try out parts of his First Symphony then, hopefully the music worked with what was happening on the screen.

There was also a section describing the Fourth Symphony, and that it wasn't performed for many years. From the author's description of it, I will need to go somewhere quiet and not be disturbed when listening to it.
And the Fifth Symphony - was he being pro- or anti-Stalin at the end of it?

A fascinating man!

Indeed he is. The Fourth is an overwhelming listen. This 1962 version under Kondrashin (who conducted the premiere a year earlier) is the definitive recording, according to the author of my book:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MjPsYs6b8k

Later versions may have improved sound quality but this is the one for me!

(There's also a version with the full score on screen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXZuc33dUmQ.)   
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2017, 08:25:00 AM »

Such a timely thread.  I got a windfall inheritance of about $75,000.  Add in the physical possessions he left behind... the mind boggles.  He was a collector of Elvis.  I now have about 100 titles and box sets.  He loved The Beach Boys.  Nobody in my family wanted that, so now I have doubles of many things, but filled in a few holes.  Mostly the 1990 two-fers that I had sold off after the 2000 upgrades were released.  I had to slim down my collection of Cd and vinyl when I moved from California to New York in 1998.  Now I have them back again.  He had some of the Animals titles I didn't have, including the rare Eric is Here Cd.  It was a thrill to finally get the Zombies Heaven box.  It would take a lot of tapping to tell everything.  2016 was the best year of adding to my collection, ever.

So, what have I bought recently?  That would be a long list, as well.  I got some new rugs and lots of stuff for making life beautiful around the house.  Some books, including the Carl book I passed on when it first came out.  I'm thinking about getting the Dennis book so I can finally read it, but still hoping for Jon to revise and get it published again.  On the Cd/vinyl front, The Beach Boys new one is blowing my mind.  Better in many ways than the Pepper's and Flowers in the Dirt boxes, though the packaging is off the charts on both of those.  The job Mark and Alan did on Sunshine tomorrow is one of the most remarkable things they have ever given us.  To say listen with new ears is an understatement.

Got the first two Spirit albums that Steve Hoffman mastered for reissue - he is doing the set of four by the original band.  Can't wait to get Clear, my favorite of the bunch.  Filling in the holes of my Iron and Wine vinyl collection.  I got 18th row center for Iron and Wine's tour for the new album in November.  Sam hasn't put out a new solo album since Ghost on Ghost, so that's on pre-order.  As is a new Chris Hillman in September, and something Steve Winwood is releasing - a two Cd of live stuff covering his whole career.  Two of the best things released just last month are Steve Miller Band's Recall the Beginning...a journey from eden and Rock Love - both of which have been released for the first time on Cd in Japan mini-sleeves.  I've been buying some of the now legal boots coming out of the Uk: Mannassas' Amsterdam broadcast from 1972, two Richie Furay shows from My Father's Place (Long Island, New York) in 1976 and 1978, and a great old Tom Petty from a show taped when he was just starting out - something I've had on vinyl since the late 70's.  Last but certainly not least:  the fantastic release of Laura Nyro's first two albums in mono for the first time on Cd.

Better stop now.  My posting time is being hampered by vacationing and planning trips for later in the year.  Time consuming spending money... LOL
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2017, 08:48:30 AM »

Holy crap Will! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2017, 09:17:00 AM »

Glad to oblige with my thread, Will.

Ye gods. No wonder you're restricted in the time you spend hobnobbing with the impecunious likes of us. LOL
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2017, 03:25:55 AM »

Will seems to have abandoned us completely. Good to see him posting at PSF though. Perhaps he found my previous post offensive, lol. Or just decided it was time to choose between the two boards. Whatever the reason, I wish him well. :=) 
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 12:52:41 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2017, 01:58:10 AM »

Astonishingly, I had to start a new topic for this. My most recent non-audio acquisition is this:



It's a greatly revised edition of a book first published around 1990. No wonder it's greatly revised----so much new information about Stalin's Terror has come to light since then.

Curiously, I borrowed the original 1990s version from my local library years ago and photocopied the extraordinary section about Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony. Lucky I did, as one of the most magical passages in the book (about part of the third movement) has been truncated in the new version into a couple of sentences! That said, it seems the editor was in constant contact with the author for this revised edition (until the latter's death in 2003) and the kind of revisions made keep to his own revised ideas of how it was in the period around 1936. Should make a fascinating read...   

I've just ordered the original version from Abe Books. They say the new edition is greatly revised----it's almost a completely new book. Very broadly and briefly, Ian MacDonald later decided against including ideas of his that were quite radical but intrinsic to the book, claiming that it was telling the reader what to think. Of course, one doesn't know what was going through the author's mind in the years before he took his own life.

I think the two books together should complement each other very well, one with MacDonald's original ideas and some fantastically descriptive writing that never made it to the revised edition, and the other with masses of new information and a swing in opinion about a seminal book called Testimony, written by Solomon Volkov. These "Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich" (which I also have and a fascinating read they are too) were first regarded as a gross manipulation of the truth (putting words into DS's mouth) but time (and access to resources that were previously inaccessible) has placed them in quite another light.

To be continued (possibly).
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 05:01:10 AM »



The original volume arrived yesterday. It's clear to me at least that this 1990 book should be regarded as the primary source and the new revised edition as a supplement full of useful new information but so drastically rewritten as to completely lack the schwung of the original. So I'm now as happy as the proverbial pig in manure.    
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