Exploring Shostakovich

Friday, September 1, 2023

Edward Seckerson joins the podcast to discuss one of the 20th century's greatest composers

For the latest in our series of podcasts devoted to exploring the work of one particular composer, we turn to Dmitri Shostakovich. Edward Seckerson joins Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford to share his insights with us into one of the greatest of 20th-century musical figures, with a particular focus on his extraordinary symphonies and what they reveal about his life. 

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Musical excerpts heard during the podcast are taken from the following recordings:

Symphony No 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / Vasily Petrenko (Naxos)
Symphony No 1 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Bernstein (DG)
Symphony No 5 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca)
Symphony No 11 - BBC Philharmonic / John Storgards (Chandos)
String Quartet No 8 - Borodin Quartet (Erato)
Symphony No 10 - Boston Symphony / Andris Nelsons (DG)
Symphony No 15 - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Järvi (DG)

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