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Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Mosolov

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Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora SalenGötaplatsen, Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
October 23, 24 at 19:30
Gothenburg Symphony
Santtu-Matias RouvaliConductor
Fumiaki MiuraViolin

Unforgettable music from an unforgettable time performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Great music was composed in the former Soviet Union, but many composers had problems with the government. One of them was Shostakovich. The virtuosic violin concerto was composed in 1948, but was not performed until 1955, two years after Stalin's death. In the Gothenburg Concert Hall, the violin soloist is Japanese star Fumiaki Miura.

Prokofiev also had to learn to navigate in Stalin's strict cultural climate. His fifth symphony - he wrote seven - came after the Second World War and is a real highlight: virtuosic, powerful and bold. 

Alexander Mosolov's motor-driven and industrial-ironing The Iron Foundry was pioneering when it was first performed in 1926. But Mosolov soon came head to head with Sovietpoliticians and he was imprisoned shortly afterwards in a Gulag. After his release, he was just a pale copy of his former self.

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