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Beethoven & Shostakovich - NB: Change of soloist

Barry Douglas

Beethoven’s last concerto meets Shostakovich’s final symphony, and in the hands of Gianandrea Noseda and Barry Douglas, they both have something remarkable to say.

Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto begins with a huge chord, and a mighty flourish from the piano. Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony … well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. But one thing’s for certain: this is a final symphony like no other, bristling with mystery, irony and a sincerity and an emotional commitment that’s impossible to ignore. 

Gianandrea Noseda understands all that. A devoted champion of Russian music, he’s ideally placed to uncover the mysteries (and share the humour) of this enigmatic modern masterpiece – and to uncover its kinship with Beethoven’s majestic concerto. 

Change of soloist

Beatrice Rana has tested positive for Covid-19 and is therefore unable to perform with us. We wish her a speedy recovery.

We are delighted that Barry Douglas is able to step in at extremely short notice. The programme remains unchanged.

Posted 5.30pm Fri 11 Feb

Barbican Hall