After Shostakovish’s music was publicly condemned for not conforming to Soviet ideals, the Fifth Symphony was a work his life depended on—literally. The monumental feat he achieved was a critical, political, and public success, crackling with coiled-spring energy before setting loose an all-time great ending filled with resounding timpani (and, perhaps, an overtone of defiance). Mozart’s sparkling dialogue spotlights two of the TSO’s illustrious musicians.
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola
Samy Moussa: Nocturne for Orchestra
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364/320d
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5