Happy Birthday, Dimitri Shostakovich

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

This week the New York Philharmonic pays tribute to Dimitri Shostakovich, the day after the anniversary of his birthday. The program includes his Festive Overture, conducted by Bramwell Tovey; Cello Concerto No. 1, conducted by former music director Lorin Maazel with Lynn Harrell as soloist; and Symphony No. 4, conducted by Andrey Boreyko. Happy Birthday, Dmitri!

Program Details:

Shostakovich: Festive Overture

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4


Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I believe Shostakovich is the most important composer of symphonies who was born in the twentieth century. I think his symphonies, which he referred to as "tombstones" are monuments to injustices of all kinds; and his reply regarding the Fifth Symphony should be understood as a Soviet artist's reply to "just criticism" rather than the simply statement without the quotes. The triumphant Seventh and Eight Symphonies reflect their time as do any newsreel footage. But I think the essential Shostakovich is in the last few bars of the Fourth Symphony: the percussion and celesta "skull and crossbones", if you will. That, and the song "Eternity" in his "Suite on Verses by Michaelangelo" (that I think is as great as any of his symphonies), with its repeating major triad and mocking tune on the piccolo. Many believe his chamber music is his greatest and I wouldn't want to be without "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District", but for me, what he's "about" is in all his fifteen symphonies. Happy Birthday, Maestro Shostakovich and thank you for illuminating our apocalyptic century with visions we care not or dared not want to see.

Sep. 26 2013 09:14 AM

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