JUKKA PEKKA SARASTE conducts MUSSORGSKY Prelude to Khovanschina SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4 Known for his interpretations of Shostakovich, Jukka Pekka Saraste leads the Fourth Symphony, a dark and emotionally charged, groundbreaking work brought about by great suffering of the Stalin-era in the Soviet Union. Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony differed from his second and third symphonies which had been patriotic with choral flares. While creating and composing this very personal work, he had fallen out of favor with the Russian Political Party, and in an unsigned editorial, Joseph Stalin denounced the composer and targeted a previous piece. Music became essential - it expressed the ideas and feelings of a people that otherwise had no voice. Yet the Fourth Symphony was withdrawn, lay dormant and unperformed, for 25 years after its completion. This bold, brilliant score now recognized as the composer's "credo" will be the largest concert of the season on the DSO stage.