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Donald Macleod explores Shostakovich's brilliant youth - and the work of five extraordinary lost musical souls - amidst the turmoil and extraordinary originality of 1920s Russia.

Tuesday sees Donald Macleod presenting a complete performance of perhaps Shostakovich's least-played symphony, his Second - complete with tubthumping choral finale in praise of the Revolution. Yet this is no potboiler...but one of the most daringly original works of the early 20th century. The episode opens with a brutal miniature for piano by Shostakovich's forgotten contemporary, Vladimir Deshevov, evoking the clangourous, steely grind of life in industrial Russia.

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Tue 1 Feb 2011 22:00

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