Atmosphere and mood are conjured up in three darkly-hued works from the 20th century, from the stormy seas to the knife-edge uncertainty of life in Soviet Russia.
‘It’s fascinating to see how, through art, Shostakovich tried to be true to himself, while also trying to accomplish the dictates of the Soviets’, says Gianandrea Noseda, Principal Guest Conductor of the LSO. His focus in this concert is on the Sixth of the Russian composer’s 15 epic symphonies, which seems to speak of the turbulence of life in Stalinist Russia, as solemnity gives way to a jovial energy that somehow doesn’t ring true.
The Sixth is set alongside the brooding seascape and atmospheric storytelling of Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, and the explosive Second Piano Concerto by Prokofiev, which sends the hands of the soloist – in this concert, Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev – dancing furiously over the keys in the exhilarating, percussive finale.
Duration to be confirmed closer to the event. It includes a 20 minute interval.
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.