By: Brendan

I have been on a Shostakovich kick lately, and you get to reap all the benefits. This Deutsche Welle recording of Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony is conducted by the composer’s son Maxim. It’s a delightfully playful piece which quotes several other composers, including Mahler, Wagner and perhaps most notably, Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

This stellar performance of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony by the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Artur Rodzinski is from 1942, just 5 years after the work was premiered.

Chicago’s University Symphony Orchestra present this collection of Late Film Scores, featuring compositions for The Gadfly, King Lear and Hamlet.

Not free but close are Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” by Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Peter Oundjian and Symphony No. 4 by Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Raiskin.

Finally, you can stream or download an mp3 of Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony as performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada below…