True to the spirit

During the title scene of Armando Iannucci’s satire The Death of Stalin, the seventy-four-year-old Soviet leader, standing in his office at his dacha in Kuntsevo, is handed a gramophone recording, which he hastily puts on. Over the crackle of the disc, we hear the beginnings of Mozart’s Piano Concerto 23 in A major, performed by … Read more