Commemorative concert to the 13th of February 1945
When Dmitri Shostakovich began his 15th and last Symphony, he was physically badly beaten, but he was able to regain his strength. Compared to many of the earlier symphonies, the work is almost instrumental chamber music instrumented. It has traits of a musical journey into its own past, but Shostakovich's son Maxim, who conducted the world premiere of the symphony in 1972, describes that this work, too, is about life in a totalitarian system where people often have to behave like marionettes. Happiness proves to be apparent against the background of pain and resignation. The Scherzo has ghostly features, while a motif from Wagner's Valkyrie's "death proclamation" scene ushers in the finale, which ends in great silence after a sonic explosion.
Symphony No. 15 in A major op. 141 (1971)
Michael Sanderling | conductor
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