Donald Macleod meets the Shostakovich family at a time when they were wartime evacuees and we hear about the symphony that was almost lost in a train toilet.
Today, Donald Macleod meets the Shostakovich family at a difficult time when they were wartime evacuees, and we learn the tale of the symphony that was almost lost in a train's toilet. His children attend their first concert, and we hear Shostakovich's Second Piano Sonata, dedicated to his friend and former piano teacher.
This week we're exploring Dmitri Shostakovich the family man. We are turning our attention to the middle of the Russian composer's life, hearing about his relationship with his two children (Galina, born in 1936, and Maxim, born in 1938) and his first wife Nina, who he was married to from 1935 until her death in 1954.
6 Romances on Verses by English Poets Op 62 - 1. Sir Walter Raleigh to His Sonne
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Sanderling, conductor
Gerald Finley, baritone
Sonata No 2 in B minor Op 61
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Symphony No 7 in C major ‘Leningrad’ Op 60 (4th mvmt)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Producer: Amy Wheel, BBC Cymru Wales