The build up and witnesses to the performance of the Seventh Symphony in Leningrad brings tears into ones eyes. Death, starvation sheer Hell! - yet intense love of music in the face of it all. Brings it all home to you with vivid realism! This documentary has sharpend the intensity of feelings I have when listening to any of the many Shostakovich works I already know. I now know why the little old ladies flock to the concert hall in the former Soviet Union when Shostakovich is played!