Leningrad and the Orchestra that Defied Hitler

Available on eStream, and of interest particularly to students of both History and Music, this fascinating documentary tells the story of how, in August 1942, in the midst of the terror of the Second World War, when Leningrad was being persecuted simultaneously by both Hitler and Stalin, a group of starving musicians assembled to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony in what would become a defiant moment in the city’s ultimate survival.

Shot on location in St Petersburg, the story is interwoven with excerpts of the symphony performed specially by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer’s son.