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Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 op. 103 with the SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eliahu Inbal on SWR Classic

In Symphonies No. 2, No. 11 and No. 12, Dmitri Shostakovich explicitly contemplated his country’s revolutionary past.  While the 11th Symphony mentions the year 1905 in its subtitle, the 12th Symphony deals with the theme “The Year 1917”.

The SWR Symphony Orchestra has now released an impressive new recording of Symphony No. 11 in G minor, op. 103, conducted by Eliahu Inbal. As is so often the case in the interpretation of Shostakovich’s works, but especially in this work, it is important to explore the tension of ambiguity in all its facets. Symphony No. 11 does not refer to the historical events of 1905 and is by no means a ‘film without images’ on the events of the “St. Petersburg Bloody Sunday”. The composer’s reflections on his own experiences and suffering in the Soviet Union are always present. When the symphony was premiered after Stalin’s death in 1957, only a few months had passed since the bloody suppression of the 1956 uprising in Hungary. All hopes for a democratisation of conditions in the Khrushchev era had been dashed at a stroke.

About the CD:

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 11 in G minor op. 103
SWR Symphony Orchestra; Cond.: Eliahu Inbal
SWR Sinfonieorchester; Ltg.: Eliahu Inbal
SWR Classic 19106CD


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