BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and writes of the extraordinary healing effect of music on sufferers of mental illnessRead more
Profoundly moving. - Best Classical Music Books of the Year 2018
Jessica Duchen, The Sunday Times Full article
'How Shostakovich Changed My Mind’ is one of the most powerful, honest, and profound revelations that exists on what it is that music means and does: it’s just an essential document.
Tom Service, Presenter, Music Matters
I started reading and was hooked. Within a few pages I knew I had fallen into the company of the most wonderful interlocutor. Stephen Johnson take the reader from the most profound meditations on music, to delicious anecdotes about Shostakovich, to penetrating observations about the nature of art and the way it may rescue us from despair. I finished it inspired by a sense of human possibility.
Professor Raymond Tallis
Stephen Johnson is one of our most sensitive and thoughtful music critics, and this book, written from the heart about a composer whom he loves and admires, will prove be a landmark in the understanding of its subject.
Sir Roger Scruton