SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
BSO Concertmaster Richard Burgin led the BSO in its first performances of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony on January 20 and 21, 1939 at Symphony Hall. These performances were the first performances in Boston.
Following the first performances, BSO music director Serge Koussevitzky programmed the Fifth Symphony frequently, leading the BSO in a total of 36 performances between 1940 and 1948 in Boston, at Tanglewood, and as part of the BSO's frequent out-of-town concerts. In all, Richard Burgin conducted the work 24 times between 1939 and 1967.
Other conductors to lead the BSO in performances of the fifth symphony include, Leopold Stokowski, Charles Mackerras, James dePreist, Mstivslav Rostropovich, Neemi Jarvi, Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa, Jens Georg Bachman, Daniele Gatti, Michael TilsonThomas, Stéphane Denève, and Andris Nelsons.
One of the BSO's most memorable performances by the BSO was conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich at Tanglewood on August 9, 1975. By sheer coincidence, It was during this concert that news of Shostakovich's passing reached Tanglewood concertgoers, and a moment of silence was held in honor of the late composer.
Richard Burgin conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, undated (Photographer unknown)
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Telecast of BSO performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Sanders Theater, Harvard University, November 21, 1961, conducted by Richard Burgin
Audio from the August 9, 1975 Announcement of the Death of Shostakovich
Audio from the August 9, 1975 performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, with Rostropovich conducting (excerpt only)
Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa recall the announcement, made at
Tanglewood, of Shostakovich's death, August 1975.