Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)

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201901Complicated Love20190520

Today, Donald Macleod takes a look at the complicated beginning to Shostakovich's relationship and marriage to Nina, and how he celebrated the birth of his daughter with champagne and a run-through of his Fourth Symphony round the piano with friends. And we'll find out the answer to an important question: is Shostakovich a cat or a dog person?

This week we're exploring Dmitri Shostakovich the family man. We are turning our attention to the middle of the Russian composer's life, hearing about his relationship with his two children (Galina, born in 1936, and Maxim, born in 1938) and his first wife Nina, who he was married to from 1935 until her death in 1954.

Suite for Variety Orchestra – Waltz 2
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Six Romances on Texts by Japanese Poets, Op. 21
No. 2. Before the Suicide
No. 4. The First and the Last Time
No. 5. Hopeless Love
Verena Rein, soprano
Jascha Nemtsov, piano

The Tale of the Silly Little Mouse
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Symphony No 4 in C major Op 43 (Mvmts 1 & 2)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

Producer: Amy Wheel, BBC Cymru Wales

Marriage. It's complicated... and how Shostakovich celebrated the birth of his daughter.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201902Family Life In A Time Of Upheaval20190521

Today, Donald Macleod meets the Shostakovich family at a difficult time when they were wartime evacuees, and we learn the tale of the symphony that was almost lost in a train's toilet. His children attend their first concert, and we hear Shostakovich's Second Piano Sonata, dedicated to his friend and former piano teacher.

This week we're exploring Dmitri Shostakovich the family man. We are turning our attention to the middle of the Russian composer's life, hearing about his relationship with his two children (Galina, born in 1936, and Maxim, born in 1938) and his first wife Nina, who he was married to from 1935 until her death in 1954.

6 Romances on Verses by English Poets Op 62 - 1. Sir Walter Raleigh to His Sonne
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Sanderling, conductor
Gerald Finley, baritone

Sonata No 2 in B minor Op 61
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Symphony No 7 in C major ‘Leningrad’ Op 60 (4th mvmt)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Producer: Amy Wheel, BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod meets the Shostakovich family at a time when they were wartime evacuees.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201903Retreat20190522

Presenter Donald Macleod joins the Shostakoviches in a country retreat set up by the USSR Union of Composers, the 'House for Composers’, where Shostakovich and his family spent memorable summers, with time for play and relaxation and important time for the composer to write in a converted hen house. We hear part of his Second String Quartet, and a movement of his Eighth Symphony (in a recording with Shostakovich's son conducting), both written at this retreat, and his Children's Notebook, written for his daughter to perform.

This week we're exploring Dmitri Shostakovich the family man. We are turning our attention to the middle of the Russian composer's life, hearing about his relationship with his two children (Galina, born in 1936, and Maxim, born in 1938) and his first wife Nina, who he was married to from 1935 until her death in 1954.

Children's Notebook Op 69 (1. March)
Dmitri Shostakovich, piano

Children's Notebook Op 69 (2-7)
Rimma Bobritskaia, piano

String Quartet 2 in A major Op 68 (mvmnt 1 & 2)
Emerson String Quartet

Piano Trio No 2 Op 67 (4th mvmt)
The Nash Ensemble

Symphony No 8 in C minor Op 65 (5th mvmt)
London Symphony Orchestra
Maxim Shostakovich, conductor

Producer: Amy Wheel, BBC Cymru Wales

Join Shostakovich and his family in a country retreat where he set aside time to compose.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201904An Important Call20190523

Shostakovich was composing for the big screen to earn money to support his family, writing pieces to comply with Party guidelines, and composing works for the concert hall that were hidden for many years, and only premiered after Stalin's death. In today's programme we hear of the terrifying moment Shostakovich received a phone call from Stalin himself. Donald Macleod presents Shostakovich's Fourth String Quartet, and a movement from his First Violin Concerto.

This week we're exploring Dmitri Shostakovich the family man. We are turning our attention to the middle of the Russian composer's life, hearing about his relationship with his two children (Galina, born in 1936, and Maxim, born in 1938) and his first wife Nina, who he was married to from 1935 until her death in 1954.

Pirogov (Finale)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 77 (1st mvmt)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

The Song of the Forests Op 81 (part 1 & 2)
Mikhail Kotliarov, tenor
Nikita Storojev, bass
New London Children’s Choir
Brighton Festival Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

String Quartet 4 Op 83
Emerson String Quartet

Producer: Amy Wheel, BBC Cymru Wales

We hear about the terrifying moment Shostakovich received a phone call from Stalin.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201905Now They'll Devour Him20190524

Today Donald Macleod takes a look at Shostakovich's relationship with his first wife, Nina, and we learn how he coped when she was gone. We hear his Second Piano Concerto - a piece he wrote for his 19-year-old son Maxim - in a recording with the composer on the piano, and his Seventh String Quartet, which Shostakovich wrote in his wife Nina’s memory, to commemorate what would have been her 50th birthday.

This week we're exploring Dmitri Shostakovich the family man. We are turning our attention to the middle of the Russian composer's life, hearing about his relationship with his two children (Galina, born in 1936, and Maxim, born in 1938) and his first wife Nina, who he was married to from 1935 until her death in 1954.

Festive Overture Op 96
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (4th mvmt)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
André Cluytens, conductor
Dmitry Shostakovich, piano

String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
Borodin String Quartet

Youth (Romance) from The Gadfly
Janine Jansen, violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, conductor

Producer: Amy Wheel, BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod takes a look at Shostakovich's relationship with his first wife, Nina.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.