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Dresdner Philharmonie: Sanderling Conducts Shostakovich

Conductor Michael Sanderling leads the orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141. It's the composer's last symphony, and he quotes from other composers, like Rossini, Mahler and Wagner. These quotations blend with Shostakovich's own creative compositions to create a semi-autobiographical symphony that alternates between eerie, humorous, and existentially fraught.

AIRED: August 02, 2020 | 0:55:13
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I'm Julia Bullock, inviting you to join me

as "ALL ARTS" presents

the Dresden Philharmonic's performance of

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15.

Shostakovich's music is challenging,

but not so much to the ear as to the human heart and psyche.

He wrote in challenging times.

His creative voice was being limited and restricted.

So he took all of his cynicism, irony, frustration, pain,

anxiety, and even horror, and he put it into his music.

As with all of his work,

Shostakovich takes us through various emotional extremes

throughout his Symphony No. 15, which was his last symphony.

He quotes famous works, such as Rossini's "William Tell"

and Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde."

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But also deconstructs and distorts them,

which creates an unsettling sensation.

I feel that for anyone who

listens to or even plays his music,

if you allow the impact of the material to move through you

and don't recoil away from those moments

when you might be at your most uncomfortable,

I'm convinced that, at the end of this work,

you will be in a different state than when you began.

And this is why I find Shostakovich's creative voice

to be one of the most important in human history.

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