Shostakovich Symphony No.10
Part of LPO 12/13Wednesday 17 October 2012
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Overture, Leonore No.3
Carl Vine: Piano Concerto No.2 (UK premiere)
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 in E minor
Vassily Sinaisky conducts Shostakovich's most powerful symphony - the mighty, uncompromising Tenth.
In July 1953, shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin, Shostakovich started composing his Tenth Symphony. Years of psychological torture at Stalin's hand found their way into the symphony's compelling obsession and relentless drive.
Gone, Shostakovich believed for a moment, was the censorship that had curtailed him for decades. In the most powerful symphony he wrote, we glimpse a liberated composer unleashing his all.
With Beethoven's own manifesto for musical freedom and the first UK performance of Australian composer Carl Vine's Second Piano Concerto, here's a concert that promises to seize a fulsome hold on the emotions.
Carl Vine's Second Piano Concerto was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Supported by Garf and Gill Collins.
Free pre-concert event, 6.15pm until 6.45pm, Royal Festival Hall
Pianist Piers Lane discusses the UK première of Carl Vine's Piano Concerto No. 2
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky conductor
Piers Lane piano