27 Oct 2017
Vladimir Ashkenazy talks about the finale of Shostakovich’s famous Symphony No.5.
After Shostakovich fell out of favour with the Soviet authorities, it was the bravely epic Fifth Symphony – tagged 'A Soviet Artist's Reply to Just Criticism' – that restored him to (precarious) favour. Here Vladimir Ashkenazy discusses the real meaning behind the finale.
Image: Keith Saunders