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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

With straightforward musicality and a heroically charged finale, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was already a success at its premiere performance in 1937. We hear the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo in the composer’s most famous and beloved symphony.

The history of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony is well known, but it is also important to tell. Josef Stalin attended a performance of Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (which was later revised and renamed Katerina Izmailova) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He was appalled, and an article titled “Chaos rather than music” was published in the newspaper Pravda. This was the beginning of a witch-hunt for Shostakovich, who feared for his life. He thus withdrew his already composed Fourth Symphony and presented Symphony No. 5 instead, with the comment “An artist’s response to just criticism”.

What was truly concealed in his Fifth Symphony has been a topic of discussion ever since, because no one truly knows his innermost thoughts and feelings. The Fifth Symphony is one of his most played, and it contains elements that surely kept the heroically oriented Soviet politicians happy. However, there are also traces of inner melancholy, sarcasm, and cryptic irony. 

  • The music

  • Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sakari Oramo conductor

About the video

  • Filmed in January 2014.
  • The video is approximately 53 minutes.

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

With straightforward musicality and a heroically charged finale, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was already a success at its premiere performance in 1937. We hear the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo in the composer’s most famous and beloved symphony.

About the video

  • Filmed in January 2014.
  • The video is approximately 53 minutes.

The history of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony is well known, but it is also important to tell. Josef Stalin attended a performance of Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (which was later revised and renamed Katerina Izmailova) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He was appalled, and an article titled “Chaos rather than music” was published in the newspaper Pravda. This was the beginning of a witch-hunt for Shostakovich, who feared for his life. He thus withdrew his already composed Fourth Symphony and presented Symphony No. 5 instead, with the comment “An artist’s response to just criticism”.

What was truly concealed in his Fifth Symphony has been a topic of discussion ever since, because no one truly knows his innermost thoughts and feelings. The Fifth Symphony is one of his most played, and it contains elements that surely kept the heroically oriented Soviet politicians happy. However, there are also traces of inner melancholy, sarcasm, and cryptic irony. 

  • The music

  • Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sakari Oramo conductor

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The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

Our tips for how to best take advantage of our selection and how you watch our livestreams. To FAQ

Konserthuset Stockholm’s fundraising for the UNHCR – support the Ukrainian people

All donations are passed on in full to the UNHCR and the Ukrainian people. Use Swish number 123 408 85 63 or make your donation via our booking system. Warm thanks!

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