Dmitri Shostakovich. Quintet for piano and strings in G minor

A collaboration between musicAeterna and Con Spirito

As part of the collaboration between musicAeterna and the Con Spirito musical lectorium, we are sharing with you a recording of “Piano Quintet in G minor” by Dmitri Shostakovich. Combining elements of old German music with Stalin-era “Big Style” features, this piece of chamber music is performed by Anna Genyushene (piano), Vladislav Pesin (first violin), Anastasia Shapoval (second violin), Nail Bakiyev (viola) and Alexey Zhilin (cello).

Dmitri Shostakovich’s life story is directly related to the history of Dom Radio — the place where the Quintet performance was recorded. The composer played his music at Dom Radio during the war; Dom Radio was also transmitting the Leningrad premiere of his famous Seventh symphony performed at the philharmonic. It is no surprise that one of Dom Radio’s studios bears Shostakovich’s name today.