Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony
Mariss Jansons is one of the greatest Shostakovich conductors. His June 1992 performance of the Seventh Symphony documented here was only the second time the Berliner Philharmoniker had tackled this work. Shostakovich wrote the symphony in Leningrad in 1941 while it was under siege. Although it was officially interpreted as a celebration of Soviet fighting power, the work carries an unmistakable humanist message condemning war and violence.
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