FROM THE STAGE
Diana Haskell, Associate Principal Clarinet, on Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5:
“The clarinets have a lot of noodly runs—a lot of fast notes up high in the screech area. It’s like screaming, in a sense. Shostakovich channeled his frus-trations and anger at Stalin’s government in the music. One of his common ways of getting out those frustrations was wild passages in the winds, usually
played in unison. To play it all in tune and to make it sound good is difcult.“I’m playing the E-at clarinet part. With the E-at you feel very alone.
There are a lot of exposed solos, especially in the second movement. The most prominent solo is quirky, a little sarcastic, a little in-your-face, but also a little lost.”