Alsop Conducts Britten & Shostakovich
Jessie Montgomery’s swirling, folk-inflected Strum contrasts with two pieces composed under the shadow of war and oppression in this Philharmonia Orchestra concert.
A committed pacifist, Benjamin Britten moved to the United States in 1939 to escape the conflict in Europe and the ordeal of keeping his sexuality hidden.
It was there, in a new environment of creativity, friendship and acceptance, that he composed his Violin Concerto.
Arabella Steinbacher brings her expertise in 20th-century repertoire, and her ‘finely polished technique and… beautifully varied palette of timbres’ (New York Times) to this expressive and emotionally complex work.
The possible hidden meanings within Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, composed under political pressure from Stalin’s regime, have long fascinated listeners.
There are generous helpings of spectacle along the road to the symphony’s triumphant ending – but is the triumph genuine or ironic?
In the midst of the heroism and drama lies the hushed, almost religious contemplation of the third movement, the tender heart of the symphony that moved the audience to tears at its 1937 premiere.
- Philharmonia Orchestra
- Marin Alsop conductor
- Arabella Steinbacher violin
- Jessie Montgomery: Strum
- Britten: Violin Concerto
- Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor
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The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Conductor Marin Alsop in conversation with Gillian Moore, Head of Music at the Southbank Centre. Admission free.
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