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March 31, 2014

Almanac: Britten and Shostakovich on Puccini

"Later, they became firm friends when Ben visited Russia, and I enjoyed the producer Colin Graham's account of an exchange between the two. Shostakovich: 'What do you think of Puccini?' Britten: 'I think his operas are dreadful!' Shostakovich: 'No, Ben, you are wrong. He wrote marvellous operas, but dreadful music!'"

The Tongs and the Bones: The Memoirs of Lord Harewood

Posted March 31, 2014 9:00 AM

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