Dmitry ShostakovichBorn 25 September 1906. Died 9 August 1975
Dmitry Shostakovich Biography (Wikipedia)
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian: Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , Dmitriy Dmitrievich Shostakovich,; 25 September [O.S. 12 September] 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Russian composer and pianist. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century, with a unique harmonic language and a historic importance due to his years of work under Stalin.
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) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; he was also heavily influenced by the neoclassical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the late Romanticism of Gustav Mahler.
- Shostakovich: Symphony No.11 in G minor, Op.103 ‘The Year 1905’https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqgnx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqgnx.jpg2017-11-11T13:26:00.000ZBuilding a Library explores recordings of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony in G minor.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05mrhfc
Shostakovich: Symphony No.11 in G minor, Op.103 ‘The Year 1905’
- "A toe-curling poem in praise of Lenin..."https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mnv7q.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05mnv7q.jpg2017-11-10T13:40:00.000ZShostakovich's Symphony No. 2, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Revolution.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05mntdq
"A toe-curling poem in praise of Lenin..."
- Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor – excerpt (2017)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0592qh0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0592qh0.jpg2017-08-31T16:14:00.000ZDedicated to the violinist David Oistrakh who praised its solo part as ‘Shakespearean’; the concerto’s demonic Scherzo gives its soloist plenty of opportunity for virtuosity.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05dt6kd
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor – excerpt (2017)
- A family thing: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason play Shostakovich live on In Tune from London's Southbank Centrehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04b58wg.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04b58wg.jpg2016-10-06T14:14:00.000ZSheku (cello) and Isata (piano) perform the Allegro from the Cello Sonata in D minor.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04b5b0m
A family thing: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason play Shostakovich live on In Tune from London's Southbank Centre
- Preludes and Fugueshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4j41.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4j41.jpg2014-05-28T19:55:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores the Preludes and Fugues of Bach and Shostakovich.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zy0lk
Preludes and Fugues
Dmitry Shostakovich Tracks