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Quarantine Concert Series ft. Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich

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Thursday, April 30th at 7pm est. I will be streaming a concert featuring the works of Russian Composers on discord. The concert will last approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The concert will start off with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Here are some excellent concert notes about the piece. [Link]

Next up, the powerful Shostakovich Symphony no. 5. In 1936, Shostakovich’s popular modernist opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District was denounced by the Soviet authorities. This Symphony, originally called “A Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism,” brought him back into the good graces of the Soviet authorities. The Fifth epitomizes the drama, wit and darkness that’s characteristic of the Shostakovich sound. The music is lean and taut, particularly in the gut-wrenching third movement, the soul of the work. Scholars still can’t agree whether the upbeat finale is a Stalinist victory hymn or a parody of one.

Hope to see you there. The concert will last approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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