The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin

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The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin is a 1997 documentary film about Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It focuses on the period between 1936 and 1945, during which Shostakovich composed his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and... read more

The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin is a 1997 documentary film about Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It focuses on the period between 1936 and 1945, during which Shostakovich composed his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Symphonies, but also briefly discusses other works in the composer's oeuvre, such as his Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.

Original Release

01/01/1997

US Release

01/01/1997

Cast

Valery Gergiev Interviewee / Pianist "Rayok" / Self - Conductor "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9" and "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District"
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Themselves - Orchestra "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9"
Flora Litvinova Self - Friend
Graham Haley Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich Self
Dmitri Tolstoy Self - Composer
Joseph Stalin Self
Bulat Minzhilkiev Boris - Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" / Self - Baritone "Rayok"
Irina Loskutova Katerina - Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District"
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra Themselves - Orchestra (Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District")
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Larry Weinstein

Writers

David New, Larry Weinstein, Gemma van Zeventer, Solomon Volkov

Cast

Valery Gergiev Interviewee / Pianist "Rayok" / Self - Conductor "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9" and "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District"
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Themselves - Orchestra "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9"
Flora Litvinova Self - Friend
Graham Haley Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich Self
Dmitri Tolstoy Self - Composer
Joseph Stalin Self
Bulat Minzhilkiev Boris - Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" / Self - Baritone "Rayok"
Irina Loskutova Katerina - Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District"
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra Themselves - Orchestra (Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District")
Karen Khachaturyan Self - Composer
Abram Gozenpud Self - Musicologist
Mariana Sabinina Self - Musicologist
Mariya Konniskaya Self - Friend
Natan Perelman Self - Friend
Vladimir Rubin Self - Composer
Ilya Musin Self - Conductor
Galina Shostakovich Self - Daughter
Venyamin Basner Self - Composer
Isaak Glikman Self - Shostakovich' Secretary

Producers

Editors

David New

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