Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Algirdas Paulavičius Youth Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7—'Leningrad'

The Algirdas Paulavičius Youth Symphony Orchestra, part of the St. Peterburg Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music, performs Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 in C major, opus 60, (the Leningrad Symphony), under the baton of Alexey Vasiliev at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. This is from the first movement (Allegretto); video and sound recording by Artstudio TroyAnna. The symphony is dedicated to the city of Leningrad, and was completed on December 27, 1941. It is a piece that conveys a sense of anguish about totalitarian thinking of all kinds, including both Soviet and Nazi.