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CD Cover Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9 and Symphony No. 10 Classification: CD of the Month Label: Gega New CD Number:GD 386 Price:£12.54

Comment:At the end of the war Stalin expected a grandiose symphony, while Shostakovich's 9th is a masterwork of understatement. Symphony No. 10 of 1953, Mahlerian in concept, post Stalin, its second movement is said to be his musical portrait.

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