Please, stop it, I cannot take more of this awesomeness – BBC Proms bring us even more Shostakovich:
The BBC Symphony Orchestra (first part is Xenakis’s Ais, then Shostakovich)
David Robertson (conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 9 in E flat.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor.
I was reading Barenboim’s Music Quickens Time between classes yesterday – a rather disappointing read, I must admit – and came across the usual stuff about how Shostakovich’s music, when it is gloomy and slow, demonstrated the burden of living under the oppressive Soviet rule. I thought then of the 9th symphony and all the cheerful music Shostakovich wrote, it must be then that he was celebrating the excitement of living under the Soviet rule, right?