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Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow

Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The BSO's first performance of music from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was presented in the form of an extended orchestral concert suite arranged and conducted by James Conlon, who led two performances in Boston and one performance in Hartford, January 4-6, 1996.

The extended orchestral suite arranged and performed by Conlon consisted of the following scenes: "In the Ismailov's Yard," "Dangerous Tension," "Katerina and Sergei I," "Passacaglia," "Katerina and Sergei II," "The Drunkard," "Police Pressure," and "In Exile." In July 1998, James Conlon again led the BSO in a performance of music from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Tanglewood — this time in a shortened version of the 1996 suite that included the following scenes: "Dangerous Tension," "Passacaglia," and "The Drunkard."

Black and white photo of James Conlon conducting a concert

James Conlon conducts at Tanglewood in 1998. (Walter Scott)

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July 17, 1998 performance at Tanglewood, conducted by James Conlon.

Listen: 1998 BSO Performance of "Dangerous Tension" from Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Tanglewood (excerpt)

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January 5, 1996 performance at Symphony Hall, conducted by James Conlon.

Listen: 1996 BSO performance of "Passacaglia" from Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Symphony Hall (excerpt)

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