Symphony No.5 in D minor Opus 47
Dmitri Shostakovich


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The third of 6 entries for Shostakovich in the Ultimate Hall of Fame and his first to appear in every chart, peaking at number 106 in 2007.

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.