There is a tangible anxiety felt in all sections during the first movement, especially in the strings, which develops in tone to form an invigorating final movement, lauded by his contemporaries for fulfilling a militaristic Soviet ideal.
Whether Shostakovich truly capitulated to the demands of the era remains debated to this day.
PerformersRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireMussorgsky: Khovanshchina Prelude to Act 1 (Dawn over the Moscow River) orch. Shostakovich
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