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Shostakovich Society

13th April 2005

Dear All

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Ute

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH’S 7th SYMPHONY
‘LENINGRAD’

Performed by

ST. PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Conducted by

MAXIM SHOSTAKOVICH

On 9th May, the Royal Albert Hall will host a unique performance of Dmitry
Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony. The symphony will be performed by the St.
Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and will be conducted by the composer's
son Maxim Shostakovich.

The concert named “Cinemaphonia”, a unique combination of music and cinema,
organised by the Russian News & Information Agency-“Novosti”, will
commemorate the 60th anniversary of VE Day, 1945.

The 7th Symphony, dedicated to the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg),
was written between 1941-42 during the Nazi siege of the city. Copies of
the original score were smuggled into Leningrad in 1942 and – in a symbolic
act of defiance – the symphony was played in the city before the blockade
was broken. Its composition and performance were hailed as a triumph of
Soviet spirit in the face of terrible oppression.

A film, directed by Georgy Paradzhanov, will be screened during the
orchestral performance to invoke a visual representation of the four-part
symphony – Invasion, Reminiscences, Home Expanses, and Victory. The
“Cinemaphonia”, first performed in The Great Hall of the Philharmonia in St
Petersburg earlier this year (27th January 2005), provides a powerful
historical narrative and comprises rare newsreel from German and Soviet
archives.

Tickets: £10.00 Doors Open: 6.45 pm Concert: 8.00pm To book tickets please
contact the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 0207 589 8212 or visit
www.royalalberthall.com For information, marketing, promotions, and media
requests please contact Tom Howard-Vyse ([removed]) or Fiona Wickham
([removed]) at Brown Lloyd James on 0207 591 9610

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