Gergiev Festival – Shostakovich’s Fifth

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September 16th 2017

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

A Soviet artist’s creative response to legitimate criticism".
That is how Shostakovich defended his fifth symphony following the Soviet regime’s sharp criticism of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Stalin wanted music with recognisable melodies and an heroic character. All naturally for the greater honour and glory of himself.
With his Fifth, Shostakovich appeared to meet the dictator’s wishes. The première during the commemoration of the October Revolution was received enthusiastically, even by the regime, and the composer avoided banishment to the Gulag.
Despite the composer’s apparent capitulation to the dictator, he nevertheless succeeded in incorporating the necessary criticism in his composition (for those who were able to recognise it). The audience at the première was well aware that the symphony was dedicated not to Stalin, but to the Russian people.

The concert is part of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s Gergiev Festival.



De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam


Saturday, September 16th 15:00

Entrance fee

€ 29,- 1st tier / € 10,- Persons aged 26 or younger and CJP card holders