Podcast: Poetry for the departed

8.573132bAt its première in June 1969 Shostakovich described his Symphony No. 14, in effect a symphonic song cycle, as ‘a fight for the liberation of humanity… a great protest against death, a reminder to live one’s life honestly, decently, nobly…’ Originally intending to write an oratorio, Shostakovich set eleven poems on the theme of mortality, and in particular early or unjust death, for two solo singers accompanied by strings and percussion. In this podcast, conductor Vasily Petrenko talks with Edward Seckerson about the penultimate release in his Shostakovich symphony cycle.

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