'The events surrounding Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony - its journey to the West, attempts by various conductors in the United States to be the first to perform it there - all this was of great significance not only to Shostakovich, but also to Russia and the rest of the allies. Do you think it's a symphony that is nowadays as easy to interpret in a modern context?
I wouldn't like to offer a verdict regarding this question. Personally I've always felt less close to this symphony - like some of the others, for that matter. I was always more impressed by the "poetic" Shostakovich than by the epic one. I have to say though, that I would include the Fifth Symphony as being in the former category. No, I was never so impressed by the Seventh or Eleventh symphonies. So it's difficult for me to answer this question. As to the question of its survival, time will tell. I think the middle movements, the second and third, are very good.'
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