Britten and his partner Peter Pears, both conscientious objectors, lived in self-imposed exile in the United States from 1939, but it was partly writing this music, said Britten, that made him realise ‘in a flash… where I belonged’, and they returned to Suffolk in 1942.
At the heart of the programme is Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No.1.
Widely considered the height of achievement for a cellist, the piece gives the solo horn, and indeed every member of the orchestra, the chance to shine too.
Charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta follows in illustrious footsteps – Shostakovich wrote the concerto in 1959 for his young friend, and erstwhile orchestration student, Mstislav Rostropovich.
RepertoireBritten: 4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Purcell Room at 6pm: pre-concert event: Music of Today. Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Admission free.
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