At the Mariinsky theatre performed “the Leningrad Symphony”

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In day of memory and grief at the Mariinsky theater performed “Leningrad Symphony” – one of the most famous works of the composer Dmitry Shostakovich, reports “WORLD 24”.

The concert was under the direction of conductor Valery Gergiev. This work Shostakovich the devoted courage of the residents of besieged Leningrad. In the city the Symphony was first performed on 9 August 1942. The date was not chosen by chance. On this day, according to the plan of Hitler, Leningrad had to fall, the officers even handed out invitations to the restaurant “Astoria”. But instead of the triumph of the Nazis had to lie down in the trenches. All 80 minutes, which sounded the Symphony of Shostakovich, Soviet artillery shelled the enemy positions to the concert no one could break.

In the first year after the war, the work of Shostakovich sounded in almost all major European cities.

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