Video: students about their performance with Gergiev

With his Fifth Symphony Shostakovich gave a response to state criticism of his ‘vulgar’ opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. The Fifth turned out to be a great success and marks a change in Shostakovich’s style of composing: after 1936 he stopped experimenting, temporarily at least. Valery Gergiev conducts an orchestra of young musicians of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Codarts Rotterdam.