The book... includes... valuable essays and interviews, which move beyond the scholarly controversy to sketch a nuanced picture of Shostakovich’s life under a totalitarian regime.... The ‘Casebook’ contributors compellingly warn of replacing one mask with another, one black-and-white myth with its simple inversion." —New York Times
... an important and readable collection.... It presents a devastating critique of Volkov’s claims and scholarly practices in Testimony." —New York Review of Books
A Shostakovich Casebook brings together 25 essays, interviews, newspaper articles, and reviews—many newly available since the collapse of the Soviet Union—to create a volume of essential reading and cutting-edge scholarship in Russian music studies. The contributors include Malcolm H. Brown, Laurel Fay, Irina Antonovna Shostakovich, and Richard Taruskin.