Dec 10, · Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 at xbook.info Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users/5(10). In Russia, at the height of Stalin’s purges, the Communist Party strongly denounced Dmitri Shostakovich’s most recent works. Fearing for his life, the young composer wrote a symphony ending with a rousing march. But to many, the triumph rang hollow. Even today, people wonder just what Shostakovich was trying to say. Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 - xbook.info Music/5(19). Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47, informally subtitled A Soviet Artist's Practical and Creative Response to Just Criticism, symphony by Dmitry Shostakovich. For me, nothing expresses that duality and struggle as much as his Symphony No. 5, written at the height of the Stalinist purges of , when. Regardless of your musical background, the San Francisco Symphony and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Watch this episode. In the s, the Soviet.