Symphony No.5 in D minor Opus 47
Dmitri Shostakovich


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Down 49. Lowest position since 1999. 1st of 6 entries for Shostakovich this year.

In 1936, Stalin's authorities decreed Shostakovich's music for the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to be inappropriate. Fear gripped the composer: his next work, the Symphony No.5, would simply have to meet with approval. Thankfully, the new piece was a great success, both artistically and politically. Following its premiere in the autumn of 1937, the work's popularity grew rapidly. Today, it remains his best-known symphony.