Opera producer Colin Graham's account of an exchange between Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten:
Shostakovich: 'What do you think of Puccini?'
Britten: 'I think his operas are dreadful.'
Shostakovich: 'No, Ben, you are wrong. He wrote marvellous operas but dreadful music!'
From The Tongs and the Bones, the Memoirs of Lord Harewood (Weidenfeld & Nicholson ISBN 0297779605)
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