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Shostakovich symphonies

Shostakovich symphonies

Gergiev, the Kirov, and the 20th century

posted 3/1/2006

The symphonies of Dmitry Shostakovich, the former Soviet Union's most celebrated composer, are the best of the twentieth century. From his First Symphony in 1925 through the Fifteenth and final symphony of 1971, Shostakovich kept on boring deeper into the bedrock of existential dread. He became internationally famous the night of his First Symphony's premiere,

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