FEB 2020

  1. Shostakovich Symphony No. 11
  2. Marcus Fischer
  3. Gris
  4. Emma (2020)
  5. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert

Shostakovich Symphony No. 11

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Dmitri Shostakovich was alternately denounced and promoted by Stalin's Communist Party. His Symphony No. 11 is a deliberate rorschach; it might glorify the 1905 worker's revolution, or it might be a criticism of the contemporary (in 1956) party's oppression of revolutions. Either way, it climaxes at the end in awesome, bell-clanging, choir-roaring fashion. Get out the vote!

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