The Unknown Shostakovich

Find out more about the great Russian composer

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Sky Arts 2
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 10:00

Discover the man behind the music as Vladimir Gurevich visits St Petersburg to see the places where Shostakovich lived and composed some of his great masterpieces. Family interviews and extracts from the composer's personal diaries give a flavour of the personality behind such works as the groundbreaking Symphony No. 7 (‘Leningrad’) and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. The Danel Quartet bring some of his lesser known music to life, including his unfinished String Quartet, which had never previously been heard outside of Russia before the quartet's Western debut performance.