Beat the rush-hour crowds, and discover one of the landmarks of 20th-century music: Shostakovich’s devastating Thirteenth Symphony, ‘Babi Yar’.
Gianandrea Noseda, the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, has close personal connections to Russia, and when it comes to Shostakovich’s Thirteenth, nothing less will do. A full orchestra, a men’s choir and a Russian bass with a dark tone come together to speak uncompromising truth to power.
The symphony sets verses by the dissident poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko: a protest against state-sanctioned antisemitism, told in music that burns itself onto your memory. Gianandrea Noseda presents and conducts, and the superb Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov is our soloist today – adding another layer of authenticity to a 20th-century landmark.
This concert is part of Half Six Fix, a different way to experience the LSO, with an introduction to the music from Gianandrea Noseda, and digital programme notes on your phone or device. Grab a drink, take your seat and enjoy the music.
The concert will last approximately one hour, with no interval.
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£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. Booking fees do not currently apply to bookings for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events.
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
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.