Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's once brilliant career took a dive after the official party paper criticized one of his operas in 1936. Shostakovich responded with his powerful Fifth Symphony.
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November 8, 2014 After he was publicly denounced, Shostakovich rebounded with the compelling and calculated Symphony No. 5. The music supplied a soundtrack for the Soviet people and satisfied the apparatchiks.
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August 8, 2013 A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
Baritone Thomas Hampson has spent a substantial portion of his career singing the music of Gustav Mahler.
July 6, 2010 To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, baritone Thomas Hampson hand-picks his favorite recordings and reflects on a career performing the vocal music of Gustav Mahler.
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