The Poet's Echo
Fri 18 Oct 8pmFrom £5.00 to £24.00
Julia Sitkovetsky soprano
Alban Gerhardt cello
Roger Vignoles piano
Shostakovich Hebrew Songs (selection)
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.