SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO. 11
A NEW LIVE RECORDING RELEASE BY THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY!
The San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare give a powerful performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, captured live at Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall in February 2020. Composed at the height of the Cold War, in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Shostakovich’s searing symphony is subtitled “The Year 1905” and depicts one of the most violent and tragic events in Russian history. This was the “Bloody Sunday” massacre of January 9, 1905, when crowds of innocent men, women and children were slaughtered by Tsarist troops in front of Nicholas ll’s palace in St. Petersburg. A tragic, consciously cinematic lament, the four-movement work uses traditional prisoners’ songs and revolutionary anthems in what is widely understood as a veiled critique of the Soviet regime in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Dazzlingly orchestrated and thrilling in its theatricality, “The Year 1905” is Shostakovich at his most forcefully accessible and direct.