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Work: Symphony no. 15 in A major, Op.141

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ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)
Period20th century
Year1971
Work typeOrchestral
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ParisMunich Philharmonic at the Philharmonie de Paris

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Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Sol Gabetta

LinzNobuko Imai & Dirk Kaftan

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Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Dirk Kaftan; Nobuko Takahashi
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Love and death with Igor Levit and friends at Milton Court

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
The wonderful acoustics of Milton Court proved to be the ideal setting for dramatic performances of rarely performance repertoire. With Igor Levit at the helm the evening was both technically challenging and artistically stimulating for audience and performers alike.
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Runnicles and the ASO play Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony play a charged final symphony of Shostakovich and a compelling Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes
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Rachmaninov and Shostakovich from Andris Nelsons and the Boston SO

Andris Nelsons leads Daniil Trifonov and the Boston SO in Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto © Hilary Scott
In its chamber music textures, Shostakovich's 15th couldn’t provide greater contrast to Rachmaninov’s rainforest of notes in this Slavic double bill from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony. 
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Bach meets Harbison in the Land of Shostakovich

Ludovic Morlot © Chris Lee
Seattle audiences welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison to Benaroya Hall this past weekend with the west coast premiere of his work, What Do We Make of Bach? for orchestra and obbligato organ.
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Ghostly remembrances: Weinberg championed in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Benjamin Ealovega
Nearly a century after his birth, Weinberg's final completed symphony is given its UK premiere by the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
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