Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Hear a performance of Shostakovich's riveting Symphony No. 4. Written in 1936, the composer delayed its premiere until 1961 due to fear of reprisal from the Soviet government for its modern sound.
Carnegie Hall online
April 16, 2021 | 8:00 pm
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Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 4 (1936)

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Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

About This Event

The powerful voice of a 20th-century symphonic master is showcased by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Having been savaged in the Soviet-run press for his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and warned about composing music in a similar style, Shostakovich cancelled the premiere of his Symphony No. 4 in 1936 and placed it in his desk until it was finally performed in 1961. Scored for 125 players, the symphony’s edgy intensity, sardonic humor, and heartbreaking melancholy make for a riveting emotional journey.

Image: Andris Nelsons / photo by Marco Borggreve