Russian Music.



  • Symphonies No. 6 and 14.

Growing up in Moscow, conductor Vladimir Jurowski has a personal connection with the music in these recordings.

We get to hear the following works:

Dmitri Shostakovich:

  • Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

The Symphony No. 6 was impacted by the horrors of World War II, and even the movements that try to be cheerful are not successful, as the War memory shines through the music anyway.

In Symphony No. 14, we have a dark song-cycle setting of poems by various authors on the subject of death. Jurowski is joined by soloists Tatiana Monogarova (soprano) and Sergei Leiferkus (baritone), who express the haunting sentiment of these songs in their native Russian language.

Here is Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6, with Valery Gergiev conducting:


And next, here is an excerpt of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 14:



Tags: Shostakovich, Vladimir Jurovski, Symphony #6, Symphony #14