Paavo Järvi conductor
Kirill Gerstein piano
Paavo Järvi conducts an all-Russian programme including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. It seems there was no escaping the censorious spotlight of Stalin’s cultural watchdogs. Shostakovich had effectively been backed into a corner when he produced his all-conquering Fifth Symphony as an ‘artist’s response to just criticism’. Even Rachmaninov, then living in America, wasn’t spared when in the 1930s he was declared ‘an enemy of Russia’ and his music outlawed.