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The five albums of the series with symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich present symphonies 5, 7, 8, 11, and 13. The sixth programme adds two more symphonies- No. 5 and No. 6. They were composed within a period of two years and differ radically in their structure and imagery. The Fifth Symphony was written for a short time and, according to Shostakovich’s words, “… it can be called a lyric an dheroic symphony. Its basic idea is the experience of man and his life-giving optimism…” The work premiered in November 1937. The original idea for Symphony No. 6 was to create a monumental work for soloists, choir and orchestra on the lyrics of “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin” by Vladimir Mayakovski. But the poetic character of the poem makes the task difficult for Shostakovich, and he tries to include other works about Lenin. The concept failed. However, the result was a contemplative and lyrical composition with a structure not typical for a symphony- there were three movements instead of four and the sonata allegro was missing. Perhaps for this reason some musicologists call it the “Headless Symphony.” It premiered in November 1939.
Item number GD385
Barcode 3800121303854
Release date 1/5/2018
Category Classical Music
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