Lebrecht Weekly | Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber symphonies (SWR Music)

During gaps between COVID shutdowns, when small performances were possible, musicians turned with much ingenuity to chamber symphonies, a neglected genre midway between a Brahms sextet and a Strauss tone poem. Shostakovich, in point of fact, never wrote a chamber symphony; but the violist and conductor Rudolf Barshai expanded some of his string quartets for his Moscow Chamber Orchestra…

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