Listen: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Plays Shostakovich

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons at Carnegie Hall (AJ Wilhelm for NPR)

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:

Program Details:

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:

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Les from Miami, Florida

Come one come all who can to hear this masterwork of music and historical import in person, the better to hear the offstage horns, trumpets and trombones in proper perspective, as well as the irreplaceable effect of hearing it all live in Carnegie Hall's acoustics played by a world-class orchestra and conductor. As an historical note, both Toscanini's (who sparred with Stokowski who urged NBC management to perform it in the first place about doing the first Western Hemisphere performance on the radio) and Stokowski's performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra are available: 19 July 1942 and 13 December 1942, respectively. I'd also like to urge all interested in this work, Shostakovich and/or Toscanini in general, to listen to the episode of "Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend" program of 2 November 1966, wherein the head of the music publisher Am-Rus, Eugene Weintraub, discusses in detail with Ben Grauer the microfilming of the symphony, its trip to New York and Toscanini's correcting of errors in the individual trumpet parts and guessing all of the tempo markings which weren't in the microfilm of the full score. When Mr. Weintraub cabled Shostakovich about same and he supplied all the tempo markings via cable to Mr. Weintraub, Toscanini was correct in all but two!

Apr. 20 2016 09:36 AM

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