Dmitri Shostakovich

Born 25 October 1906. Died 9 August 1975.

composer

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Shostakovich: The Age of Gold (Part 2)

Rebecca Miller conducts a performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's The Age of Gold (Part 2).

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Biography

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian:  Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович , Dmitrij Dmitrievič Šostakovič,; 25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Russian 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).

After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music.

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  1. Review of Symphony No. 15 (conductor: Bernard Haitink; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

    Symphony No. 15 (conductor: Bernard Haitink; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) 2011

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    The focus is on its genuinely symphonic breadth, the deep shadows and pregnant pauses.
  2. Review of Symphonies Nos 2 & 11 (Valery Gergiev; Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus)

    Symphonies Nos 2 & 11 (Valery Gergiev; Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus) 2010

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    Intelligent readings that show how varied the composer was in his dark, impulsive heart.
  3. Review of Symphonies 5 & 9 (feat. conductor: Vasily Petrenko; feat. orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic)

    Symphonies 5 & 9 (feat. conductor: Vasily Petrenko; feat. orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic) 2009

    Reviewed by Andrew Mellor
    Delivers a focussed and individual performance that doesn’t tow the same old line.
  4. Review of Violin Concertos 1 & 2

    Violin Concertos 1 & 2 2006

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    Daniel Hope performs Shostakovich's two violin concertos with integrity and...
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