Hence the work is deliberately Classical in style, strongly influenced by Beethoven and Mahler. This recording is conducted by the Philharmonia's Conductor Laureate, Vladimir Ashkenazy.
- I. Moderato
- II. Allegretto
- III. Largo
- IV. Allegro non troppo
Shostakovich composed his Fifth Symphony in a style chosen to fit into the artistic ideals of the Soviet regime of the 1930s.