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Archive for October 30, 2013

Shostakovich Rarity

Dmitri Shostakovich

[Wednesday at 8:00 PM] If you’ve heard this piece at all, odds are you were at Ravinia in 2006 when this conductor performed the piece with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

That year, James Conlon presented a Shostakovich mini-cycle: the last three symphonies (Nos.13-15). All are autumnal works, though Nos.13 and 14 scratch at wounds inflicted by Hitler and Stalin—these pieces are heavies, even by Shostakovich standards