Shostakovich Symphony No 5

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This may not be the piece for you if you need cheering up.  Shostakovich wrote this at the heights of Stalin's terrorist regime. He took quite a risk in composing this when all dissenting art, literature and music was banned. The Largo movement always makes me feel emotional as echoes a time when people so many people were facing death in the gulags of the Soviet Union. 

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