Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Publicly condemned, Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony saved his life. Was there a hidden meaning?

Hidden beneath the surface of his life-saving Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich may have left a subversive cipher. In this episode of Keeping Score, investigate the arresting symphony that would either redeem Shostakovich or condemn him to the Gulag. What Shostakovich has to say might depend on what you’re brave enough to hear.

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