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Shostakovich—Symphony No. 5

Lecture no. 30 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Shostakovich—Symphony No. 5

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 43 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

The writing of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was inextricably linked to the horrific political repression in Russia under Stalin and the terror of the composer’s condemnation by the Soviet authorities. Grasp his philosophical-artistic triumph in this symphony—its menacing representation of brutality in the opening, its impassioned third movement, and psychologically harrowing finale, communicating through music what could not be spoken without risking death or exile.

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