Multimedia Collection

Shostakovich Against Stalin: The War Symphonies

76 min
2005 ML3680.5 .W37 2005 DVD

Composer Dmitríí Dmitrievich Shostakovich.

Larry Weinstein's film examines the harrowing subject of Stalin's bloody purges and Shastakovich's musical response. Described by the composer as his "tombstones", Symphonies 4 to 9 represented the composer's weapons against Stalin's tyranny, and remain powerful testimony to a great artist's struggle against oppression. Shot on location in St. Petersburgh and Moscow, the film brings together archive film, personal recollections from Shostakovich's family, friends and colleagues, and key extracts from the symphonies, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic ; Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre ; Valery Gergiev, conductor.

Spoken in English and Russian with optional subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Chinese.

Distributed by Universal Music and Video Distribution Corp (

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