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    Dmitri Shostakovich considered one of the happiest days of his life the day when his First Symphony was premiered. It was written in 1925 when the 18-year-old composer graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory. The Symphony was performed by an orchestra conducted by Nikolai Malko at the Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic which is today named after D. Shostakovich. The young composer’s work enjoyed a tremendous success.
    Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Third Symphony "The First of May" in 1929. The Symphony is an orchestral composition in one movement with a final choral section to the words by S. Kirsanov.
    The Third Symphony was premiered in Leningrad January 21, 1930. Interpreting Shostakovich’s Third Symphony Gennadi Rozhdestvensky emphasizes its large scale, festival imagery, and stereophonic features of the scope. The novelty of the interpretation and high level of digital recording enable the listener to hear for the first time and appreciate the original symphonic opus of young Shostakovich.
    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, USSR People’s Artist, Lenin Prize winner, is an outstanding musician of today. Since 1982 he is a principal conductor and artistic director of the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra. An artist of universal ideas and wide artistic interests, Rozhdestvensky pays tribute to the art of the 20th century and mostly music of Russian composers, works with his contemporaries from the very beginning of his career.
    On Rozhdestvensky’s initiative all Shostakovich’s 15 symphonies are being recorded by the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra.

D. Shostakovich
Symphony No. 1
In F minor, Op. 10

  1. 1. Allegretto. Allegro non troppo – 8:34
  2. 2. Allegro – 4:26
  3. 3. Lento – 8:34
    4. Lento. Allegro molto. Largo. Presto - 9:49
  4. Symphony No. 3 In F flat major, Op. 20 "The First of May" - 33:20
    Words by S. Kirsanov

Total time – 66:32

The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
The Yurlov Russian Choir (2)
Artistic Director, Stanislav Gusev
Chief Choir Master, Rosalia Pergudova
Conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky