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Memory of an Angel / Belief and Beyond Belief: Death

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Patricia Kopatchinskaja unlocks the secrets of Berg's Violin Concerto at this event, also featuring symphonies by Denisov and Shostakovich. Beauty is truth, truth beauty – even when that truth is so honest that it hurts.

Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto 'to the memory of an angel', and a bottomless depth of personal loss lies beneath its gorgeous colours. Kopatchinskaja performs it between two final symphonies by composers who knew that truth could be a dangerous thing.

Shostakovich's Fifteenth Symphony cloaks its sorrows in jokes, enigmas and pitch-black humour; two decades later, his friend Edison Denisov said farewell in a poignant, fantastical Second Symphony of his own. This is a rare British performance of a work that is close to Vladimir Jurowski's heart.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin


Denisov: Symphony No.2
Berg: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No.15 in A

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Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £65
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£10, £14, £19, £25, £32, £39, £46, £65

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Radio 3 Broadcast
This performance is being broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and will be available online in the UK for 30 days via iPlayer.