Dmitri Shostakovich

Among the most celebrated composers of the twentieth century, Dmitri Shostakovich’s musical output was shaped by political repression and personal tragedy. Sharp contrasts, a biting wit, and unusual harmonic language are inherent to his distinctive artistic voice. His vast body of work includes music for theatre, ballet, and film, though he is best known for his 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets. Shostakovich gained international success at 19, and early on he experienced a broad range of influences from Tchaikovsky to the avant-garde. By the 1930s, a cultural revolution in Stalin’s Russia demanded music in a direct and popular style, and celebration of Shostakovich turned to condemnation. On many occasions he feared for his life and his family. In 1960, he joined the Communist Party, and in the same year he completed his String Quartet No. 8, which he called “an obituary for myself.” Since his death in 1975, debate continues between those who hear the composer’s works as sincere Social Realist art and those who point to covert signals of dissidence in his music.

Christina Volpini [iv-21]

Dmitri Shostakovich

[Dmitri Chostakovitch, Дмитриј Шостакович]

Saint Petersburg (Russia), 1906 – Moscow (Russia), 1975

  • Composer

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Works

Past concerts

22 Nove 2020
2:00 pm
Postponed
CheungMacklayMillerSchubertShostakovichSokolović
In person
Saint-Laurent (Québec)
18 Marc 2020
7:30 pm
Cancelled
GordonMillerShostakovich
In person
Birmingham (England, UK)
2 Dece 2019
10:00 am
Shostakovich
In person Free admission
London (England, UK)
26 Nove 2019
7:00 pm
FinnissyPinnockShostakovichWoolrich
In person
Southampton (England, UK)
21 Nove 2019
12:00 pm
ShostakovichWeeksWorboys
In person
Berwick-upon-Tweed (England, UK)
19 Nove 2019
8:30 pm
MillerPinnockShostakovich
In person
Tilburg (Netherlands)
13 Marc 2019
7:30 pm
ShostakovichSmithStravinskyWilsonWoolrich
In person
Birmingham (England, UK)
13 July 2008
11:00 am
BrahmsShostakovich
In person
Harrington (Québec)
18 May 2008
3:00 pm
Série QB
BrahmsShostakovichStiegler
In person
Montréal (Québec)
15 Apri 2007
11:00 am
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Dorval (Québec)
13 Apri 2007
7:30 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Dollard-des-Ormeaux (Québec)
12 Marc 2007
7:30 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Westmount (Québec)
11 Marc 2007
2:00 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Montréal (Québec)
4 Marc 2007
3:00 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Beaconsfield (Québec)
9 Febr 2007
7:30 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Säffle (Sweden)
8 Febr 2007
7:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Trosa (Sweden)
4 Febr 2007
6:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Olofström (Sweden)
3 Febr 2007
4:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Simrishamn (Sweden)
1 Febr 2007
7:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Köping (Sweden)
31 Janu 2007
7:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Skellefteå (Sweden)
30 Janu 2007
7:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Stockholm (Sweden)
29 Janu 2007
7:30 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Uppsala (Sweden)
28 Janu 2007
6:00 pm
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Arvika (Sweden)
7 Dece 2006
7:30 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Côte-Saint-Luc (Québec)
5 Dece 2006
8:00 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Montréal (Québec)
4 Dece 2006
8:00 pm
Série QB
BrahmsOesterleSchubertShostakovichVivier
In person
Montréal (Québec)
23 July 2006
11:00 am
MozartSchubertShostakovich
In person
Harrington (Québec)