Calendar Off the Cuff: Shostakovich's 5th

Shostakovich 5: Notes for Stalin

Off The Cuff
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 8:15 PM
Strathmore
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 7:00 PM
Meyerhoff

Marin Alsop, conductor
Didi Balle, Playwright-In-Residence
Jared McLenigan, actor
Tony Tsendeas, actor

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

More than 75 years ago, Shostakovich set out to write his now legendary Fifth Symphony. The result was an appealing and triumphant score full of contradictions and hidden messages. Is it a tribute to the greatness of the Soviet virtues or a parody of its leadership? How could an artist create a work of such power and optimism under such harsh and restrictive conditions?

World Premiere, Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, March 1, 2013

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