Synopsis by Forrest Spencer
Conductor Andre Previn conducts Dimitri Shostakovich's "Symphony Number 5" and discusses the changes from 19th to 20th Century classical music and the influences in Russia that affected Shostakovich's musical compositions. The first half of this video consists of Previn offering an explanation about Shostakovich's life and career and the conventionality of style and structure in this symphony in comparison with some of his earlier works. The second half of the ninety-minute video contains Andre Previn conducting a performance of this work. Classical music aficionados and general viewers will appreciate this video, coming to understand the man, his career and the end result of his talent in concert.
composer, Russian [nationality], symphony