“The Nose” was first performed in 1930 and once again the composer was lambasted for being pretentious and artificial.
In recent years “The Nose” has enjoyed a reassessment in revivals in opera houses around the
“Here (The Nose) it’s the brilliantly idiomatic and conversational way that singers and orchestra negotiate the
most complex ensembles that is so satisfying, and so powerful a confirmation of Shostakovich’s natural gift for
the stage….The coupling is the world premiere….both performances are magnificant and all self-respecting
Shostakovich enthusiasts should have them.”
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