The Poet's Echo

Fri 18 Oct 8pm

From £5.00 to £24.00

Britten Studio

Part of Britten Weekend: Britten and Russia

Friday 18 October 2019 - 8.00pm

Julia Sitkovetsky soprano
Alban Gerhardt cello
Roger Vignoles piano

Shostakovich Hebrew Songs (selection)
Cello Sonata
Britten Cello Sonata 18’
The Poet’s Echo 16’

‘With such words would you melt cold beauty into fire? / O Poet, be aware how far you would inspire.’

Britten’s poignant, fragile Pushkin settings are haunted by the limitations of artists and art to change the course of human existence.

By contrast, Shostakovich’s Hebrew Songs are biting vocal parodies.

More direct comparison is possible as Gerhardt and Vignoles play the two cello sonatas, Britten’s written for Rostropovich, Shostakovich’s an early work composed just before he was censured by Soviet authorities for his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtensk.

Venue Address:

Britten Studio
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP