Audio Description Introduction to Shostakovich Symphony No 10

Audio Description Introduction by Jennifer Hawkins

The furious and concentrated Scherzo was considered a portrait of Stalin already at the symphony’s first performance. Several statements from Shostakovich confirm the rumour – the movement is like a resumé of an epoch in the shadow of Stalin’s terror. But the symphony also has a introductory elegy of epic proportions and a finale that seems to burst at the seams. The tenth symphony is without doubt one of Shostakovich’s most admired symphonies.

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