Having appeared many times at Southbank Centre as a solo pianist, Steven Osborne performs for the first time as part of our International Chamber Music Series.
Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.2 moves from folk melodies to bitterly strident repetitions, from a sombre chaconne to a frenzied dance. It was composed in Ivanovo, an artists’ retreat about 300 kilometres north-east of Moscow, soon after the end of the Siege of Leningrad, during which a million citizens were killed. Shostakovich had evacuated Leningrad in 1941.
The Trio is dedicated to one of Shostakovich’s closest friends, Ivan Sollertinsky, who had died the year before. Shostakovich mourned his ‘phenomenal love of the art of music, to which he devoted his matchless life.’
Messiaen wrote his Quartet for the End of Time during his imprisonment in Camp Stalag VIIIA, and it was premiered before 5,000 prisoners on 15 January 1941. It is scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, so that it could be performed by Messiaen with three professional musicians who were detained alongside him.
The eight-movement work is inspired by a passage from the Book of Revelation. It opens with notes of birdsong and reaches its climax with an ecstatic eulogy to God’s love.
This concert is performed as part of Religion and War, a segment of Southbank Centre’s year-long series Belief and Beyond Belief. The festival looks at music that speaks of the divine and the human spirit.
PerformersSteven Osborne piano
RepertoireShostakovich: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67
Part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival
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