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    Vasily Petrenko Conducts Shostakovich

    Wed 7 Apr, 6.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    Classical music
    £10 - £50
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    Alexandre Kantorow, pianist
    Marco Caselli Nirmal

    Rebellion burns in the air in Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by works from Berlioz and Saint-Saëns.

    Shostakovich can be seen at his most enigmatic in his Symphony No.10, a work written following his denunciation by the Soviet regime.

    The Russian composer captures the weight of the dictatorship with a deeply personal mediation that speaks of overwhelming anxiety and uncertainty.

    The waltz tempo of the first movement transforms into an atmosphere of gripping terror and melancholy in the second and third movements, building to a finale that bursts with joyful defiance.

    Saint-Saën’s Piano Concerto No.5, Egyptian, is performed by Alexandre Kantorow, a pianist of ‘mesmerising talent’ (Moscow Times) who brings vitality and vigour to the iconic French composer’s final concerto for piano.

    The concerto incorporates Asian and Middle-Eastern musical influences in a beautiful and vibrant expression of Romantic lyricism.

    Berlioz’ Le Corsaire opens the evening with a miniature seascape portrait, bursting to life with a manic energy in the strings that soon give way to a serene contemplation of the coast of Nice.

    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Vasily Petrenko conductor
    • Alexandre Kantorow piano
    • Berlioz: Overture, Le corsaire
    • Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.5 (Egyptian)
    • Interval
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 in E minor


    Wed 7 Apr, 6.30pm
    Approximate run time: 120 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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