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London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda

Shostakovich & Orff

Christina Poulitsi

You may recognise Carl Orff’s endlessly hummable cantata, but you’ve never heard it quite like this.

In Medieval Bavaria, monks copied down a collection of mischievous songs by vagabond poets. In 1935, a German composer came across a second-hand book containing the songs and used it to create a blazingly exciting choral extravaganza. Pounding rhythms, catchy tunes, sonorous Latin verses about wine, women and song – Orff’s Carmina Burana might have been an idiosyncratic hit, but it remains absolutely irresistible.

It’s paired with Shostakovich’s Third Symphony, which appears on the surface as an energetic paean to Soviet ideals – until you catch a glimpse of the underlying irony. Gianandrea Noseda steers the powerful forces of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a rousing climax to the season. 

This performance will end at approximately 9.00 pm, including a 20-minute interval.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra

Concert generously supported by The Huo Family Foundation



Guaranteed entry to the concert – however, your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. You could be placed anywhere in the Hall, in seats worth at least £18. Book early for the best price – following an initial allocation Wildcards may rise in price from £12 to £16.

Online booking only. Tickets subject to availability, max 2 per person. Cannot guarantee that 2 tickets purchased at the same time will be seated next to each other. Not available for Family Concerts or concerts at LSO St Luke’s.

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