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A searing account of Shostakovich's Fifth from Marin Alsop and BSO
A searing account of Shostakovich's Fifth from Marin Alsop and BSO

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra served up a remarkably satisfying all-Russian program Thursday night at Meyerhoff Hall, capped by a brilliant account of the mighty Shostakovich Fifth. Conducting from memory, Alsop sculpted an intensely absorbing performance of the 1937 symphony, a work that saved the composer's career at a time when he and other artists were under suspicion by Soviet authorities. We may never know for sure what Shostakovich intended this work to convey, what he may have put into and, especially, behind the notes. But it is just about impossible not to hear in this searing music an indictment of the Stalin regime and an expression of what people...

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