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.
ELLA MACENS Release*
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.5
*Ella Macens' Release was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Christine Bishop.
DONALD RUNNICLES conductor
STEPHEN HOUGH piano
Stephen Hough’s appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra are generously supported by the Berg Family Foundation.