Music: The Murders of Mzensk

In the respectable quiet of East Side Cleveland one night last week an old man ate poisoned mushrooms, died in wriggling agony. A merchant was smothered with a bed pillow and his corpse dragged into a cellar. A prostitute let out a blood-chilling scream as she was pushed to her death in an icy black lake. Yet as the heroine of Dmitri Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mzensk (pronounced Muhzjensk), the woman responsible for these three atrocious murders was really a gentle soul whom only the sternest moralist would blame for her crimes....