Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony and Britten’s Violin Concerto: conductor Gianandrea Noseda and violinist Janine Jansen are a powerhouse partnership in a pair of towering 20th-century masterpieces.
In a sense, the whole 20th century was spent dancing on a volcano. Shostakovich’s massive 11th symphony tells a tale of revolution and human suffering, in music that has the immediacy and impact of a great film score. And Britten wrote his Violin Concerto in 1939, as the clouds of war gathered. Every note reflects his anxiety – and his pain.
But nothing’s ever quite so simple, and amid Shostakovich’s furious trumpets and alarm bells the question refuses to die: whose side was he really on? And Britten, too, steps far outside his comfort zone, in a concerto that’s shot through with ambiguity and suppressed anger. In Gianandrea Noseda and Janine Jansen – described by the New York Times as ‘riveting in silence as in sound’ – we have a pair of artists who aren’t afraid to dig deep.
The performance is approximately 2 hours and 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.
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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.