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Nelsons and the BSO examine the Soviet composer’s mighty and dramatic Fifth Symphony. Written as a response to his denouncement by the Soviet newspaper Pravda following a poorly received opera, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony takes heroic spirit in the face of existential turmoil to the next level. Nelsons’ diligent attention to dynamic shifts and tempo markings greatly amplify the drama and tumult of this inspiring work, while the crisp, inspired intonation of the brass and woodwinds of the world-class Boston Symphony Orchestra bring the Suite from Hamlet to life in glamorous detail. Their edge-of-your-seat performance of “The Hunt” from Hamlet invokes the theatricality and richness of both Verdi and Mahler.


Formed: October 22, 1881 in Boston, MA

Genre: Classical

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Boston, Massachusetts, is the leading city in the group of six northeastern United States known collectively as New England. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and a leading seaport. The original European settlers of the area the Pilgrims (Nonconformists, who arrived in 1620) and the Puritans brought a tradition of unaccompanied religious singing. Instrumental concerts can be dated back only to 1731. Orchestras were sometimes gotten together to play in oratorios and other special occasions....
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Shostakovich under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite from "Hamlet" (Live), Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Orchestral, Modern Era
  • Released: May 27, 2016

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