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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47)

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 August 2001

Gerard McBurney tackles one of the most political pieces of music ever written, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, also known as 'A Soviet Artist's Creative Response to Just Criticism'. Specially recorded examples from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales uncover the hidden codes, clues and messages in the symphony.

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  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47)

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Gerard McBurney
BBC National Orchestra of Wales


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