Dmitri Shostakovich Biography (Wikipedia)
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , Dmitriy Dmitrievich Shostakovich,; 25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.
Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A poly-stylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his music. Shostakovich's music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the post-Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.
- Shostakovich: Symphony No.9http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03k5r2g.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03k5r2g.jpg2016-02-20T14:37:00.000ZDavid Nice recommends a version of Shostakovich's 9th Symphony for Building a Library.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03k5r32
Shostakovich: Symphony No.9
- Preludes and Fugueshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4j41.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4j41.jpg2014-05-28T19:55:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores the Preludes and Fugues of Bach and Shostakovich.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zy0lk
Preludes and Fugues
- Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01shb93.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01shb93.jpg2014-02-18T18:01:00.000ZGeoffrey Norris compares recordings of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, perhaps the most famous symphony from the Soviet Union, and makes a recommendation.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01shb9j
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
- Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2014-01-02T10:15:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Shostakovich's Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01p31gk
Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings - Preview Clip
- Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-17T15:24:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nkz50
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major - Preview Clip
Dmitri Shostakovich Performances
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