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Shostakovich 'Babi Yar'

Photo of Gianandrea Noseda in black suit

Shostakovich’s ‘Babi Yar’ symphony is one of the most original and devastating masterpieces of 20th-century music. Gianandrea Noseda conducts it tonight

‘No monument stands over Babi Yar / A drop sheer as a coarse gravestone / I am afraid …’ Shostakovich speaks an uncompromising truth to power, in a symphony made up of death-haunted poems set to music that burns with rage and aches with sorrow.

Gianandrea Noseda directs the men of the London Symphony Chorus, as well as the Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov – ‘a rare find’, in the words of one critic. First, though, he joins Macedonian piano virtuoso Simon Trpčeski for a splash of sunlight, in Prokofiev’s sparkling and songful Third Concerto. And he puts down a marker for the future, with a new orchestral work by George Stevenson, a rising British star of the LSO’s Panufnik Composers Scheme.

The performance is expected to finish around 9pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Barbican Hall