Collins Classics is a highly respected classical label formed by Pinnacle Entertainment in 1989 and now owned by Phoenix Music International. Featuring recordings from renowned London orchestras including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Consort of London, Collins Classics' catalogue covers a wide range of musical works from Bach to Britten and Shostakovich to Sibelius. The label’s 130 albums form a small yet important part of recorded music history.
This "5 Minute Guide to Shostakovich by Collins Classics" will give you an insight to the composer's life, his 5th symphony and his historical context.
Shostakovich lived during Stalin's reign in the Soviet Union. This had a major influence on his work and personal life. Nevertheless, it didn't alter his incredible talent, he still managed to move people to tears with his music.