Shostakovich wrote his Fifth Symphony in terror for his life and gave it the title ‘A Soviet artist’s response to justified criticism’. But the music tells another story: of fear, resistance and unbreakable courage. Andrey Boreyko explores the many faces of a 20th century genius – joining the phenomenal Simon Trpceski in the delightful Concerto that Shostakovich wrote for his teenage son, and unleashing the raw satirical energy of Lady Macbeth: music so outrageous that Stalin had it banned.

We are grateful to Andrey Boreyko who has stepped in at short notice to conduct this programme in place of James Conlon who is indisposed.

The RSNO’s performance of this concert in Perth is kindly supported by the Gannochy Trust. The Gannochy Trust has supported the Perth Concert Series annually since 1995. In recent years the Trust’s major grant has enabled the four partners to develop opportunities for young people to engage with live orchestral music, encouraging a lifetime connection while at the same time developing a range of important transferable skills. Further information about the Trust is available at