Britten and Shostakovich

Sat 19 Oct 7:30pm

From £5.00 to £35.00

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Part of Britten Weekend: Britten and Russia

Saturday 19 October 2019 - 7.30pm

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen conductor
Alban Gerhardt cello

Britten Russian Funeral 6’
Symphony for Cello and Orchestra 34’
Shostakovich Symphony No.10 57’

‘Write for the cello everything that your heart tells you, never mind how difficult it is!’

Rostropovich encouraged Britten. Britten’s quasi-concerto is big-hearted and intense, placing immense demands on its soloist.

There’s also an epic quality to Shostakovich’s tenth which starts in dark desolation and ends in dazzling brightness, giving one of music’s most brutal evocations of violence and terror along the way. Its conclusion seems to speak as much of barely-suppressed fury and raw defiance as it does of glorious triumph.

Venue Address:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP