In June 1941, Adolf Hitler launched a three-pronged invasion of the Soviet Union.
The northern force was stopped at Leningrad, setting the city up for an 872-day siege. That's close to 2-1/2 years
Inside the city, the animals in the zoo have been eaten and residents now try to get by on a bread ration that’s as much sawdust as wheat - and things are only getting worse as a young composer struggles to depict his city’s sufferings in a heroic piece of music.
Well – yes and no.
We’ll look at Shostakovich’s Leningrad symphony on Mozart’s Attic this Sunday night.