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Shostakovich premiere

20th April 2005

Dear all,
we have received this from the Shostakovich Society
Best wishes
Anna

SHOSTAKOVICH PREMIÈRE!
SYMPHONY NO. 4
IN THE COMPOSER’S ARRANGEMENT FOR 2 PIANOS
Pianists: Rustem Hayroudinoff and Colin Stone

SUNDAY JUNE 26

WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL, CAMBRIDGE

7.00pm: PRE-CONCERT TALK: 'Symphony 4: From Silence to Triumph' (Alan
Mercer, Editor DSCH Journal).

7.45pm:
Shostakovich, Prelude and Fugue Nos 6, 7 and 15 (Colin Stone).
Selections from Shostakovich's Theatre Music (Rustem Hayroudinoff).

Interval

Shostakovich, Symphony 4, in the composer’s arrangement for 2 pianos (western première) (Colin Stone and Rustem Hayroudinoff)

Tickets: £15/ £10 (concessions, and members of UK Shostakovich Society) £5
(students). Cheques may be made payable to ‘UK Shostakovich Society’

Tickets available on the door or in advance from:

Dr Lewis Owens
President – UK Shostakovich Society
Fitzwilliam College
Huntington Road, Cambridge CB3 0DG
07739 568455
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The UK Shostakovich Society, supported by Cambridge University Faculty of Music, is delighted to announce the Western premiere of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 arranged by the composer for 2 pianos.
After the infamous 1936 Pravda article 'Chaos instead of Music' which vehemently attacked his opera 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District'
Shostakovich was forced to withdraw his new work, a Symphony he clearly rated very highly, following pressure from the Leningrad Party Hierarchy.
The Symphony was premiered only some 25 years later in December 1961,eight years after Stalin's death.
The score of the composer's arrangement for 2 pianos was instrumental in keeping interest in the Symphony alive, offering behind-closed-doors performances to Conservatory students, notably encouraged by composer Boris Tishchenko, a Shostakovich protégé. This arrangement was the only public manifestation of the symphony and, even then, the extreme scarcity of the score – just 300 were printed – meant that it was hardly known outside Shostakovich's closest friends.
Published by Moscow-based DSCH Publishing in 2001, a first recording of the arrangement was released in March of this year by Chandos and featuring pianists Rustem Hayroudinoff and Colin Stone. The performance here, by Hayroudinoff and Stone, will be the first Western public performance of a work seen by many as one of Shostakovich's most important, performed in the arrangement within which, due to political tensions, it remained locked for 25 years.

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