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Re: Shostakovich 7: Leningrad
I was a bit surprised nobody else commented. And, yes, I read John Quinn's very different review and when I finished reading it I opened my emails and there was a message from an old friend. It contained two photos - and I swear this is true - of Nelsons' recent marriage to the daughter of a friend of my friend, if you follow. We live in Melbourne Australia, my friend met the parents of Nelsons' new bride in Lisbon twenty years ago. I find these synchronicities rather spooky sometimes but then again, I have had too many examples of it in my life to doubt that it's mere coincidence. Recently, for example, I was listening to a discussion about the concept of 'Pity' on Radio National Australia. It was in reference to the ex Archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, George Pell who has just been convicted of sexual crimes against choir boys. One of the commentators mentioned a recent article in the Guardian by a well known Australian writer, Christos Tsiolkas about how he felt pity for Pell. As his name was mentioned I turned into the street where he lived from childhood, where his mother still lives. I know this because my wife attended university with him and they became friends. Okay, I said...
In the end, I guess, life is or can be like that and, in the meantime, there are people who love oysters, people who hate them. There are people who love Broccoli, people who can't eat it. There are also people who love the Shostakovich Symphony #7, the 'Leningrad', there are people who just don't get it....
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