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Posted 22nd Jul

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This week's free download is the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Composed in 1937, it was premiered in November of that year by the Leningrad Philharmonic led by friend of the composer, Evgeny Mravinsky. The subtitle to the symphony, "A Soviet Artist's Reply [or Response] to Just Criticism," was claimed by Shostakovich to have come from a journalist, but it's possible it came from the composer himself. The symphony is considered by most to be an audacious ironical display, so for the composer to have gone the extra mile by attaching an equally ironic subtitle is not difficult to imagine.

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Lovely, thank you.
Keeps saying you must first be affiliated with an institution!?
Cheers. Artwork and booklet for this recording available here under "Media" :
chandos.net/pro…326
Edited by: "chrisjackson" 23rd Jul
Thanks. Heard this at the first concert I ever went to at the (now demolished) Free Trade Hall in Manchester. I was a strange 18-year-old.
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