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    Default Shostakovich's 7th Symphony

    If there is an orchestral percussionist here:

    How did you deal with the relentless snare rhythm during the big march in the first movement of Shostakovich's 7th Symphony?

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    Yeah. It gets to be a bit much! But it does lead to an incredibly shattering climax!

    My favorite performance of this symphony is Leonard Bernstein directing the Chicago Symphony.

    This wonderful collaboration indicates to me that Bernstein missed his calling as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    There is a responsiveness and commitment by the musicians that seemed to be lacking from his NY Philharmonic players.
    Feeling peckish, I put on my trainers and a khaki jumper and left my flat, only to find that some tosser had parked his lorry right across the pavement.

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