It is for the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra players' riveting performance on Sunday night of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. I'm not sure if I've actually heard this orchestra before (there are so many ensembles). It's an interesting outfit, a direct descendent of the orchestra of Leningrad Radio, whose members were the only musicians left in Leningrad during the long Nazi siege, and who therefore became a core group of the hastily-assembled orchestra that gave the legendary 1942 premiere of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony in the besieged city, amplified and played directly at the German lines.
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