Shostakovich Symphony No.7 "Leningrad"


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Surround Records International Collaboration of Performers in conjunction with Alexander Jero's innovative new High Definition Music Card; presents Shostakovich's Symphony no. 7, “Leningrad.”

Standing at 1 hour and fifteen minutes; Leningrad was one of Dmitri Shostakovich's longest ever compositions. Performed over the customary four parts, this orchestral score has a fascinating and unique history that sets it apart from any other classical piece. 

Picture yourself in Leningrad in the early 1940's... There is little food, few supplies and everyone is cold and hungry. The Nazi army is literally outside the city gates and nothing is getting in or out – not food, nor water, nor people. You are trapped, awaiting the final pincer move that will topple your safe and secure city. The siege lasted for 900 days and, sometime in 1941, Shostakovich completed this epic piece of music and had a premiere – in what became known as one of the greatest Soviet displays of rebellion against Nazi dominance ever to take place. While an army guarded its gates the cold, hungry residents filtered into the opera house and gazed transfixed as the musicians took up their tools and performed this defiant piece in the face of their enemy. The score reflects the brevity of the time, and raises goospimples on the arms, particularly as we approach the crescendo.

Shostakovich's Symphony no. 7 quickly became known as the song that the west branded in defiance of Nazi Germany. It was played everywhere, brandished by the allies and seized as a song to represent all those who fought for freedom. To this day it is still played often in the cemetery at Leningrad, the place that commemorates the estimated 500,000 civilians that lost their life during the long siege. Interestingly enough, the composer had initially intended the piece as a testament to Lenin's life – but at some point during the siege years (and perhaps understandably) he changed his mind and aimed it instead to be a symbol of respect for the civilians of the city, where he intended it to inspire and raise his fellow citizens who were flagging from the long days of hunger.

Now you can listen to Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in a whole new musical format – in conjunction with Alexander Jero's famous and innovative new High Definition Music Card technology. Jero applies what he knows of Surround Sound and music 'layering', wherein he builds sounds into the spaces of compositions so that we are left with a three-dimensional musical effect, to the original and wonderful piece of music that Shostakovich composed. By creating this 3D sound Jero introduces us to the world of Shostakovich as we have never heard him before – resplendent and defiant, rebellious and full of strength. Shostakovich's Symphony no. 7 really comes to life in the new music card format...and you have the added benefit of being able to carry the whole orchestra in your pocket!


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