Šostakovic and Stalin
Not even music, the most intangible of the arts, can disregard the personality of the composer and the years in which the composer lived.
The conversations between Corrado Augias and Aurelio Canonici, seated at the piano-interspersed with short clips-are intended to do just that: to highlight, to draw out, the deep connections between a musical composition and the period in which it was written.
We all know that music lives very well on its own, that is, by expressing only itself.
Relating it to the years in which it was born, however, helps to better understand both the music and the story.