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Donald Macleod with a complete performance of perhaps Shostakovich's least-played symphony - his second. Plus a miniature for piano by a forgotten contemporary - Vladimir Deshevov.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Vladimir Deshevov: Rails

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (piano) Performer: (Live from the 1992 Husum Festival, on annual Danacord release "Rarities of Piano Music")

    • DANACORD DACOCD 399.
    • 17.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Aphorisms, Op.13 (1927)

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

    • DECCA B000641302.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Incidental Music to "The New Babylon" [excerpts] (1928-9)

    Performer: Soloists from the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

    • RUSSIAN DISC RDCD11064.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony no. 2 in B Major, Op.14 (1927)

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra + Choir / Bernard Haitink

    • LONDON 4444203.

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