Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 25
Light and nostalgic. Though Myaskovsky’s music was declared “anti-Soviet,” it was relatively conservative as compared to the works of the others who were denounced.
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry
Melancholic and folk-inspired. Shostakovich composed this piece after his denunciation. It could not be performed publicly for several years.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6
Somber and meditative. In condemning this piece, Zhdanov said, “Here the melodious, harmonious Prokofiev is often attacked, without provocation, by the other, storming Prokofiev.”