Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15

Michael Sanderling conducts the Dresden Philharmonic
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The Dresden Kulturpalast first opened in 2017, becoming the official home of the Dresden Philharmonic. This concert sees the ensemble perform Shostakovich's final symphony, the 15th, at their home venue. This late work stands out above all for the large number of quotations it features. In the first movement, Rossini's Guillaume Tell features prominently, and later on, Wagner's Valkyrie and Tristan and Isolde both show up. The motif at the beginning of the first movement has a very particular meaning. It's well known that Shostakovich was fond of working his own initials into his music, the so-called DSCH motif. Here, he debuts a new motif consisting in the notes E♭-A♭-C-B-A. In German notation, the notes spell out "Sascha", the name of Shostakovich's grandson, who was nine years old at the time. 

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recorded at 02/02/2020, 08:00pm (CET)
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Sanderling, Dresden Philharmonic: Shostakovich

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Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 15 A major

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Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 15 A major, Op. 141
  • I. Allegretto
  • II. Adagio – Largo – Adagio – Largo
  • III. Allegretto
  • IV. Adagio – Allegretto – Adagio – Allegretto

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Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 15 A major

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