Donald Macleod talks to Brian Morton, author of a new book on Shostakovich, about how the composer managed to survive under the communist regime by playing a part - that of the 'yurodivy' or Holy Fool.
Piano Quintet in Gm, Op 57
Donald Macleod talks to author and broadcaster Brian Morton about the way Shostakovich satirised Stalin in his music, and the consequences of the disastrous night when Stalin walked out before the end of Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtensk.
Excerpts - Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District
String Quartet No 3 in F, Op 73
Donald Macleod and Brian Morton talk about the musical monogram DSCH used by Shostakovich - and the events surrounding the composer's second fall from grace in 1948.
Symphony No 15 - 1st movement; Allegretto
Two of the 24 Preludes and Fugues - No 13 in F sharp and No 24 in Dm
Jewish folk music made a powerful impression on Shostakovich, because of its capacity to appear happy whilst being essentially tragic. 'There should always be two layers in music', he once said.
Piano Trio No 2
O Delvig, Delvig - from Symphony No 14, Op 135
John Tomlinson (bass)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)
Yuri Bashmet (viola)
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op 145a
Love, Separation, and Immortality
Dietrich Fischer-Diskau (baritone)
Berlin Radio Symphony orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor).