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London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda

Beethoven & Shostakovich

Gianandrea Noseda

Shostakovich boldly addressed human suffering in his Symphony No 13; Beethoven saluted the human spirit in his Emperor Concerto. Gianandrea Noseda conducts them both tonight.

‘No monument stands over Babi Yar / A drop sheer as a coarse gravestone / I am afraid …’ Shostakovich tackles dark episodes of modern history, in a striking Symphony which speaks boldly of victims of tyranny, and the reality of living in fear and intimidation. This is music that burns with rage and aches with sorrow: a strong counterpoint to the grandeur and glory of Beethoven’s majestic Emperor Concerto.

Gianandrea Noseda directs the London Symphony Chorus as well as the Ukrainian bass Vitalij Kowaljow – praised by critics for his ‘gravity and pathos’. First, though, he joins Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski for Beethoven at his most affirmative: and if you’ve never heard Trpčeski play the piano, you’re in for the ride of your life.

The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date

Generously supported by the Sir Joseph Hotung Charitable Settlement

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