How to best end Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony?

Dmitri Shostakovich (right) photographed with Yevgeny Mravinsky who conducted the Fifth Symphony’s premiere in 1937 It’s not so much the tempo, and they vary considerably, not least Kurt Masur’s massive strides (LPO label), but more the rallentando that most conductors make on the final few bars (Mark Wigglesworth on his BIS recording an exception), a … Continue reading How to best end Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony?