Galina Vishnevskaya — Russian Musician born on October 25, 1926, died on December 11, 2012

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The friendship of Shostakovich cast a brilliant light over my whole life and whose spiritual qualities captured my soul once and for all time.
Wanting to be understood by an audience that didn't know Russian, I tried to paint musical pictures by emphasizing the phrasing, using voice color more boldly, and varying the shade and nuance.
The major newspapers simply stopped writing about me, and my voice could no longer be heard on radio or television.