Keeping Score: Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

Overview

Classical music historian Michael Tilson Thomas hosts this unusual glimpse into the life and work of seminal Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which rests on an unusual historical footnote. The program delineates how, although Shostakovich feared for his life at the hands of the Soviet Army (because of an opera publicly condemned in a local paper), he successfully attempted to "redeem" himself writing a hymn to the motherland, the 1937 "Symphony No. 5." It then makes a radical suggestion: the composer may ...
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Overview

Classical music historian Michael Tilson Thomas hosts this unusual glimpse into the life and work of seminal Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which rests on an unusual historical footnote. The program delineates how, although Shostakovich feared for his life at the hands of the Soviet Army (because of an opera publicly condemned in a local paper), he successfully attempted to "redeem" himself writing a hymn to the motherland, the 1937 "Symphony No. 5." It then makes a radical suggestion: the composer may have buried sharp criticism of the U.S.S.R. within the composition. Thomas explores this idea at length, against the backdrop of Shostakovich's personal history, and dissects the composition in question. As an added bonus, the program includes a full-length concert rendition of the work by the San Francisco Symphony, mounted and filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
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Special Features

Full length concert performance of Shastakovich's Symphony No. 5 by the San Francisco Symphony; Documentary
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • UPC: 821936002698
  • Source: Sfs Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,401

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Tilson Thomas
Technical Credits
Gary Halvorson Director
David Kennard Director, Producer
Joan Saffa Director, Producer
Michael Bronson Producer
Michael Tilson Thomas Musical Direction/Supervision
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Keeping Score: Shostakovich
   Play All
   Symphony No. 5
   Symphony No. 5 in Concert
   Extra Features
      Video - Inside the Orchestra
      About Keeping Score
      About Michael Tilson Thomas
      About San Francisco Symphony
   Trailers
      Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique
      Ives Holidays Symphony
      Beethoven's Eroica
      Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
      Copland and the American Sound
      MTT on Music: The Making of a Performance
   Set Up
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         German
         Chinese
         Chinese
         Subtitles Off
      Audio Options
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         Dolby Digital 2.0
   Credits
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