Symphony No 7 in C major, 'Leningrad'
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60, titled Leningrad, was completed in Samara in December 1941 and premiered in that city on March 5, 1942. At first dedicated to Lenin, it was eventually submitted in honor of the besieged city of Leningrad, where it was first played under dire circumstances on August 9, 1942, with the siege by Axis and Finnish forces ongoing. The Leningrad soon became popular in both the Soviet Union and the West as a symbol of resistance to totalitarianism and militarism, thanks in part to the composer’s microfilming of the score in Samara and its clandestine delivery, via Tehran and Cairo, to New York, where Arturo Toscanini led a broadcast performance (July 19, 1942) and Time magazine placed Shostakovich on its cover. That popularity faded somewhat after 1945, but the work is still regarded as a major musical testament to the 27 million Soviet people who lost their lives in World War II, and it is often played at Leningrad Cemetery, where half a million victims of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad are buried.
Performances & Interviews
- Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w12tj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w12tj.jpg2014-03-21T16:54:00.000ZHoward Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w12tm
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad'Howard Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony.
- Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vzx9s.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vzx9s.jpg2014-07-04T14:04:00.000ZProms Music Guide: Shostakovich Symphony No. 7https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0225b82
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7Proms Music Guide: Shostakovich Symphony No. 7
- Shostakovich's Symphony No 7https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lcbs2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lcbs2.jpg2012-01-19T20:32:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores the symbolism of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, written during World War II and dedicated to the Russian city of Leningrad.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b0198krt
Shostakovich's Symphony No 7Stephen Johnson explores the symbolism of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, written during World War II and dedicated to the Russian city of Leningrad.
- Donald MacLeod talks to conductor Semyon Bychkov about Shostakovich's 7th Symphonyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02yss16.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02yss16.jpg2015-07-31T13:43:00.000ZCredit: Sheila Rockhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02yss1d
Donald MacLeod talks to conductor Semyon Bychkov about Shostakovich's 7th SymphonyCredit: Sheila Rock