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Free MP3 Download: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 @ OML
Free MP3 Download: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 @ OML

This week's free download is the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Composed in 1937, it was premiered in November of that year by the Leningrad Philharmonic led by friend of the composer, Evgeny Mravinsky. The subtitle to the symphony, "A Soviet Artist's Reply [or Response] to Just Criticism," was claimed by Shostakovich to have come from a journalist, but it's possible it came from the composer himself. The symphony is considered by most to be an audacious ironical display, so for the composer to have gone the extra mile by attaching an equally ironic subtitle is not difficult to imagine.<br /><br />Also, it is not necessary to sign up to get access to this.<br /><br />Enjoy

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