M.T. Anderson narrates his own extensively researched work in a gentle, emphatic tenor, simultaneously methodical and sympathetic. Although his discussion focuses on Shostakovich's personal experiences, Anderson incorporates a great deal of historical information, using primary sources and detailed accounts of events to give listeners an immersive account of one of Russia's darkest periods. With a balanced, impartial tone, Anderson recounts the daily lives of Shostakovich's friends, family, and fellow citizens amid the actions of corrupt dictators, outlining how machinations from above affected ordinary people. Anderson's use of Shostakovich's music and his thorough, direct approach as an author and narrator make this an immersive listen for music and history enthusiasts alike. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2016]
Trade Ed. Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-4915-8821-5 $27.99 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4915-8839-0 $21.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4915-8848-2 $14.99
Library Ed. Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-4915-8830-7 $54.97 Eight CDs
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