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Shostakovich Against Stalin - The War Symphonies, a film by Larry Weinstein. A documentary with key extracts from the Symphonies Nos. 4 -9 and rare archival film material / Netherland Radio PO; Kirov Orch.; Valery Gergiev [DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

Moving and authentic documentary with lots of archive material, this is an important document of the Stalin era

The documentary shows the cruelty of the suppression in the Stalin era as well as the cruelty of World War II and the siege of Leningrad

It shows Shostakovich's desperate struggle to survive in this totalitarian regime

Interview partners such as Valery Gergiev give a valuable insight into the life of this iconic Russian artist

With key extracts from the symphonies, conducted by Valery Gergiev

The film is a testimony of how the arts can and must be a significant weapon against totalitarianism and extremism

A Film by Larry Weinstein

With: Netherland Radio Philharmonic Kirov Orchestra Valery Gergiev

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 76 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, B&W and Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish


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