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Shostakovich at 100: Symphony No. 5

Dmitri Shostakovich.
Dmitri Shostakovich.

The importance of Dmitry Shostakovich as an influence in the history of classical music is hard to understate. Marking the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth, Performance Today begins a week of Shostakovich exploration that includes observations from scholars, musicians and Shostakovich's son, Maxim. Today, a look at the composer's most popular symphony, the Symphony No. 5. Commentators include conductors Valery Gergiev and Leon Botstein, and Shostakovich biographer Laurel Fay, plus Gergiev leads a performance of the controversial Finale with the Kirov Orchestra.

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