Audio Description Introduction to Shostakovich Symphony No 10
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.