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March 3, 2011

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony

Ever since Dmitri Shostakovich premiered his fifth symphony in 1937, critics and musicians have been arguing over what it means. The work is powerful; no one disputes that. But is it power that defies authority, or celebrates it? That's the sticking point. You can hear the final two movements on today's show and decide for yourself. Yuri Temirkanov leads the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia, in concert in Birmingham, England.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johannes Brahms
    Hungarian Dances No. 3 in F and No. 10 in F
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Canonic Adagio in F for Three Basset Horns, K. 410
    Jane Booth, Guy Cowley, and Antony Pay, basset horns
    Coolidge Auditorium, Washington D.C.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Quartet in F for Oboe and Strings, K. 370
    Allan Vogel, oboe, Cho-Liang Lin, violin, Michael Tree, viola, Alisa Weilerstein, cello
    La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, La Jolla, California
  • Anonymous (Arranged by Oliver Boekhoorn)
    Suite from Llibre Vermell
    The Calefax Reed Quintet
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
  • Gustav Mahler (Arranged by Colin Matthews)
    First movement from Piano Quartet
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Third and fourth movements from Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
    The St. Petersburg Philharmonic with conductor Yuri Temirkanov
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
  • Anonymous
    "A New Tune"
    The Palladian Ensemble
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Three Fugues from "The Well-Tempered Klavier" for String Quartet, K. 405
    The Orion String Quartet
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Introduction, theme and seven variations from "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"
    Pianist Dmitri Alexeev with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yuri Temirkanov
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Rondino in E-flat for wind octet, WoO. 25
    The Chicago Chamber Musicians
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois
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