Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 15

Late Shostakovich masterpieces played by two of his closest musical collaborators

The music of Dmitri Shostakovich is more popular than ever. His daring use of the symphonic form, often blunt and emotional musicality, and bold orchestration challenged the status quo of Soviet art and arguably conveyed the secret (and not-so-secret) horror from within the “glorious Socialist workers’ paradise.” Two of Shostakovich’s foremost interpreters interpreters – the dynamic conductor Kiril Kondrashin and legendary violinist David Oistrakh – join forces to present Shastakovich’s late concerto masterpiece, and Kondrashin leads an orchestra that was arguably “his” in Shostakovich’s final, sardonic statement in the symphonic form. Two legendary recordings, together on on value-priced CD.