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Shostakovich Fifth Symphony

Masterworks Episode 4 of 4

Exploring orchestral works of the 20th century. Charismatic Russian conductor Valery Gergiev explores one of the great cultural documents of Stalinist Russia, Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony: A Soviet Artist's Reply to Just Criticism. Written under the shadow of state oppression at the height of Stalin's purges, the symphony re-established Shostakovich as an ideologically sound Soviet composer and remains one of the most popular of all 20th century symphonies.

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1 hour, 25 minutes

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Sat 23 Feb 2013 02:35

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Role Contributor
PresenterValery Gergiev
DirectorFrancesca Kemp