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4:23pm, 21 Nov 2019
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Angus Clydesdale
I'm off to work in a minute and then I'm working tomorrow morning. Don't be afraid to start without me! :)
4:23pm, 21 Nov 2019
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1937 - Dmitri Shostakovich's fifth symphony premieres in Leningrad, with the ovation lasting over an hour.

Angus takes the applause, milks it, and then some.
4:25pm, 21 Nov 2019
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Do you think the ovation really lasted over an hour, or were the doors to the auditorium locked shut?
4:26pm, 21 Nov 2019
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Perhaps Comrade Stalin told them how long to applaud.
4:28pm, 21 Nov 2019
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"...the overwhelming public response to the work initially aroused suspicions among certain officials. The then-head of the Leningrad Philharmonic, Mikhail Chulaki, recalls that certain authorities bristled at Mravinsky's gesture of lifting the score above his head to the cheering audience, and a subsequent performance was attended by two plainly hostile officials, V.N. Surin and Boris M. Yarustovsky, who tried to claim in the face of the vociferous ovation given the symphony that the audience was made up of "hand-picked" Shostakovich supporters. Yet the authorities in due course claimed that they found everything they had demanded of Shostakovich restored in the symphony. Meanwhile, the public heard it as an expression of the suffering to which it had been subjected by Stalin. The same work was essentially received two different ways."

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