Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
Conductor: Christian Vasquez Soloist: Kerson Leong, violin
Following Stalin's visit to see Dmitri Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk" in 1936, his Soviet government launched an official attack on Shostakovich's music.
It is not unusual for composers to experience unfair and incompetent criticism. However, being named "an enemy of the people" as Shostakovich experienced in 1936, and being told that his music was "vulgar, formalistic, neurotic", is, fortunately, not very common. The composer's answer to this criticism was to write a new symphony, no 5, which received a full half-hour of applause. This could well have saved his life and his career.
Edouard Lalo's Violin Concerto "Symphonie Espagnole" has become one of the most popular large-scale violin works of the Romantic era.
- Last Updated: 04/07/2017
- Source: Region Stavanger
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