Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112, subtitled The Year of 1917, in 1961, dedicating it to the memory of Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, as he did for his Symphony No. 2.
Shostakovich (1906-75) – Symphony No. 12 “The Year 1917” In 1960, at the frozen heart of the Cold War, Shostakovich finally became a member of the Communist Party, subsequently “contributing” to Pravda a series of articles condemning bourgeois western music.
Mark’s notes on Shostakovich Symphony Nos. 9 & 12 Odes to Freedom . Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70 Since Beethoven, every composer embarking on his ninth symphony has felt under pressure trying to cope with a public’s heightened expectation of the work.
Superlative standards already set by this team’s Shostakovich couldn’t afford to slip in a symphony as great as the Sixth. In the first movement, at least, Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpudlians reach new heights of articulation and sonic beautyIn the inferior Symphony No. 12, Petrenko applies his usual standards of well-differentiated articulation and soulful playing