Listen: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Plays Shostakovich
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
This live performance is scheduled for re-broadcast on WQXR FM and our digital stream at 9 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Listen to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 live from Carnegie Hall on April 20. Mariss Jansons conducted the performance, hosted by WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon and WNYC's John Schaefer.
Also known as the "Leningrad" Symphony, Shostakovich's work was written at the same time as the siege of Leningrad, during World War II. Though initially read as a criticism of fascism, scholars have more recently considered it to be a statement against Soviet rule, actually satirizing the government the composer was allegedly honoring. Regardless, the epic scope of the 90-minute piece has moved audiences since its premiere.
Listen to Jansons talk about the meaning behind Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad"
We asked listeners to share their thoughts during the broadcast using #CHLive. Here is a collection of those tweets and photos: