Shostakovich Symphony No 12, “The Year 1917”
This year marks the centenary of the Russian revolution. Shostakovich, twelve years old, experienced this extraordinary transformation of society which would affect his life and future forever. In 1961 he composed the expansive and fateful Symphony No 12, which portrays the revolutionary Petrograd (St Petersburg), Lenin’s planning of the revolution, the first grenades fired at the Winter Palace from the armoured cruiser Aurora, and finally the triumphant apotheosis with hopes of a better future.
Sjostakovitj Symfoni No 12 “The Year 1917”
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Recorded for GSOplay 26 October 2017.