Latest Clip. Phil Hall introduces a poignant theme from Shostakovich's 11th Symphony. See more works by this composer. Read more at Wikipedia. This entry is from Wikipedia , the user-contributed encyclopedia.
It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data. His Symphony No. He was left to pursue his creative career largely unhampered by official interference.
He did, however, experience some difficulty over the texts Baby Yar by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko on which he based his Symphony No. Yet he was undeterred by this, and his deeply impressive Symphony No. The composer had visited the United States in , and in he made an extended tour of western Europe, including Italy where already he had been elected an honorary member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome and Great Britain, where he received an honorary doctorate of music at the University of Oxford.
Despite the brooding typical of so much of his music, which might suggest an introverted personality, Shostakovich was noted for his gregariousness.
Since his own death his music has been the subject of furious contention between those upholding the Soviet view of the composer as a sincere Communist, and those who view him as a closet dissident. Dmitry Shostakovich. Article Media. Info Print Print. Table Of Contents. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Dmitry Shostakovich Russian composer. See Article History. Alternative Title: Dmitry Dmitriyevich Shostakovich. Early life and works Shostakovich was the son of an engineer.
Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. It emerges that Shostakovich was a composer who captured the human condition in a way that remains startlingly contemporary. It may be that his music speaks to us even more eloquently today, in a world where so many certainties have evaporated and apocalyptic visions of various kinds dominate the spirit of the times.
The concert itself was probably emblematic of the ways the world has changed since Shostakovich wrote his symphony in the summer of Within a splendid concert hall in the WASP heartland of Boston, a highly skilled orchestra consisting substantially of people of east Asian origin was conducted by a north European the Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund for an audience dominated by East European migrants rather than local residents of many generations standing.
Just before the performance of Shostakovich, the orchestra had accompanied a young violinist making her local debut, a remarkably talented young German-Czech woman called Julia Fischer, who played a violin concerto by Jean Sibelius.
This was much more predictable programming, a satisfying rendition of a well-known romantic work, by a beautiful and accomplished musician. It is increasingly the case, because of the convoluted yet inexorable workings of the international classical music industry, that the acclaimed violinists of today are inevitably attractive young women who combine formidable musical talent with great physical allure.
What this means for all the promising young men — or indeed the older and fatter men and women — who play the violin, we do not really know. But while the Sibelius concerto was given a lyrical interpretation, it did not create the frisson of excitement and tension that can be associated with this music. And the subsequent performance of the Shostakovich symphony revealed why: clearly, the orchestra and conductor had been holding back some of themselves in the first piece, in order to give their all to a most intense, dramatic and deeply felt elaboration of this very powerful work.
It is less famous than the previous Symphony, No. The Seventh Symphony is commonly interpreted as being essentially positive and triumphant in its approach.Dec 06, · Dmitry Kitsenko - Sinfonia in D - USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra - Valery Polyansky (conductor).