In January 1936, halfway through this period, Pravda—under direct orders from Joseph Stalin—published an editorial 'Chaos Instead of Music' that denounced the composer and targeted his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Despite this attack, and despite the oppressive political climate of the time, Shostakovich completed the symphony and planned its premiere for December 1936 in Leningrad. At some point during rehearsals he changed his mind and withdrew the work. It was premiered on 30 December 1961 by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra led by Kirill Kondrashin.
More pieces by Shostakovich
- Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat (Op. 107)
- Symphony No. 5