Next, it’s onto another favourite, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5. Is it really an act of rebellion against Stalin’s rule?
While we may never know what Shostakovich had in mind with this symphony, that only makes us listen more closely for clues. A story of darkness and light. Despair and defiance. And the choices we make in swallowing our reality or questioning it.
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.5
DONALD RUNNICLES conductor
STEPHEN HOUGH piano