Composed in a city under siege, smuggled through enemy lines and played through loudspeakers at the surrounding Nazi forces, the story of Shostakovich’s 'Leningrad' Symphony has become a parable of human endurance amidst the 20th century’s darkest horrors.
This is music literally from the front line, and with its huge orchestra and bold musical imagery, it still speaks with an unparalleled directness.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra's dynamic Principal Guest Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada directs the massed forces, and partners pianist Inon Barnatan in Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto. The majesty on display here is that of art plus an unshakeable human spirit.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireBeethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor)
Part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. `I couldn't write it', Shostakovich said, `War was all around.' Perhaps the ultimate depiction of war ever conveyed in musical form. This talk explores the astonishing story of the `Leningrad' symphony with its portrayal of a city at siege and a people's willpower to exist as a nation. Admission free.
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The following concerts are not included in this offer: Meow Meow and London Philharmonic Orchestra: More Pandemonium... With a Festive Twist (4 Dec 2017) and A Golden Gala Evening: London Philharmonic Orchestra (27 Jan 2017).