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Make a Note of This: International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch 2010

In July 1960 the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich stayed for several days in Gohrisch, a fresh-air spa town in the “Saxon Switzerland” near Dresden. It was there that he composed one of his major works of chamber music, giving shattering expression to his personal suffering under the Soviet regime: the String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110. It has been proven to be the only work that Shostakovich composed outside the Soviet Union. In 1972 the composer made a second visit to Gohrisch.

In order to raise awareness today of Shostakovich’s sojourns in Gohrisch and to honour them appropriately, a society was founded in 2009 (“Shostakovich in Gohrisch, registered society“) dedicated to the music-historical event. With the “International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch,” the society is organising, for the first time, a three-day festival from 10 to 12 September 2010 – exactly 50 years after Shostakovich’s first visit to this fresh-air spa town – at which music by Shostakovich will be performed in Gohrisch. The Festival is to take place on an annual basis, thus making it the first regular Shostakovich Festival in the international festival landscape.
There will be performances of, among other works, the 8th String Quartet and the Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a, the famous adaptation of the quartet for chamber orchestra by Rudolf Barschai. The high artistic quality of the Festival will be guaranteed by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the co-initiator of the Festival and provider of its artistic orientation.


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