Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 and Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich was his last. He completed it in the summer of 1971 while receiving medical treatment in the town of Kurgan, then later at his dacha in Repino. It was his first purely instrumental and non-programmatic symphony since the Tenth.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102, by Dmitri Shostakovich, was composed in 1957 for his son Maxim's 19th birthday. Maxim premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory. This piano concerto was intended to be the last piece he wrote for piano. It contains many similar elements to his other composition, Concertino for Two Pianos. They were both written to be accessible for developing young pianists. It is an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, much more so than most of Shostakovich's works.