The Great Shostakovich Debate

“Duplicity, codes, death threats, propaganda, the U.S.S.R. vs. the West — composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s life had all the elements of a Cold War spy drama. And the intrigue continues more than three decades after his death in 1975… Far from being a cut-and-dry commemoration of some distant figure, Shostakovich’s centennial has given a sharp crescendo to the controversy surrounding his participation in the oppressive Soviet system.”