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London Symphony Orchestra/Rafael Payare

Gubaidulina, Shostakovich & Stravinsky

Rafael Payare conducting

Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Gubaidulina: dark fairytales and magical stories, with conductor Rafael Payare and violinist Vilde Frang.

A flash of light, a shower of sparks, and the Firebird springs into life. When Stravinsky composed his ground-breaking ballet he didn’t just imagine a world of princesses, heroes and green-clawed demons: he let us hear it, too. Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto evokes the shadows and sorrows of life under tyranny, and Sofia Gubaidulina tells the magical tale of a piece of chalk. Hearing is believing … 

Expect guest conductor Rafael Payare to revel in the deep sonic shadows and jewel-box colours, while the superb Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang probes deep beneath the surface of Shostakovich’s powerful musical meditation. ‘I need some challenges, some struggle’ she says. ‘Otherwise where would I find my expression?’ 

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

Barbican Hall