Tuned In: Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony

Thursday 10 November 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Stephen Johnson presenter

Shostakovich: Introduction to Shostakovich’s Seventh with live orchestral examples 35′
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad) 71′ Listen on Spotify

Dmitri Shostakovich sat down and wrote his Seventh Symphony with Nazi forces surrounding Leningrad. In this concert-with-a-difference, presenter Stephen Johnson explains the story behind this modern classic, and shows how Shostakovich uses his huge orchestra – with live illustrations from Andris Nelsons and the 100-piece CBSO! Then there’s a chance to hear the whole symphony. Whether you know and love the Leningrad – or you’re new to Shostakovich – this concert will help you hear it with new ears.

To listen to some of the music in this concert, and explore the rest of the season, using our Spotify playlists, click here.


£20 all areas, including a free programme. Standard CBSO discounts apply.

Review for Saturday 12th’s concert which included Shostakovich 7, by Andrew Clements, Guardian:


…     “Nelsons followed the concerto with Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. He took immense care over its details, drove the notorious “invasion” of the first movement to a frightening climax, while keeping plenty in reserve for the bombastic blaze with which the work ends. The precision and tonal weight of the orchestral playing were outstanding; its dynamic range remarkable.”     …


Review for Saturday 12th’s concert which included Shostakovich 7, by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:


…     “The famous jackbooting advance of totalitarianism (whether Hitler’s or Stalin’s we shall probably never know) is depicted with the cumulative unstoppability of Ravel’s Bolero – and what a tremendous underpinning the snare-drummer provided in Saturday’s CBSO account under an Andris Nelsons who seems to be permanently on fire.”      …     Rating * * * * *


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