A 5 Minute Guide to Shostakovich on YouTube
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.
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