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.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireDenisov: Symphony No.2
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert event. Dr Johnson said that the prospect of death 'concentrates the mind wonderfully'. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson takes a look at composers' different responses, how they confronted death and what it tells us about 'simple faith'. Admission free.
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.