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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Shostakovich

What is Shostakovich without the humour? A thorough, professional and unremittingly earnest production in Munich provided an answer: a teeny bit dull. It’s not something I ever expected to think about this opera

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Shostakovich certainly works the extremities: ultraviolence, the manic absurdity of priests and cops, the grinding final tragedy. It needs that whole range to work: subtract the raucous fun and the horror suffers too.

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