Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Dmitri Shostakovich was a Soviet Russian composer, piano virtuoso, and an important figure in 20th century music. Shostakovich was known for writing some very dark dissonant music which reflected his feelings towards Joseph Stalin and the Soviet regime.
Here is a recording of the 2nd movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no 2 played by Dmitri Shostakovich jr. (the composer’s grandson) and I Musici de Montreal. The performance is directed by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer’s son. Dmitri Shostakovich wrote the concerto as a birthday present to his son.
This music is very beautiful and has an ethereal quality to it. Enjoy!