The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra:
Leningrad Symphony 70th Anniversary
Tuesday 2nd October 2012
|Rachmaninov||Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor||39’|
|Shostakovich||Symphony No 7, Leningrad||69’|
6.15pm Pre-concert talk by Stephen Johnson
Peter Donohoe’s encore – Rachmaninov – Opus 23 Prelude
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra encores –
Rachmaninov – Vocalise; Excerpts from Ballet Ramonde by Glasunov
Distinguished musicians from St Petersburg (Leningrad) are joined by members of the CBSO to mark 70 years since the heroic Leningrad premiere of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in August 1942. That performance was relayed over public loudspeakers to the starving inhabitants of a city besieged by Nazi forces, and was an event of huge symbolic importance in Russian history.
Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert:
“Here’s a wonderful opportunity to experience Shostakovich’s most poignant symphony commemorating the victims of the Second World War, one that quickly became an internationally popular symbol of resistance to totalitarianism.”
Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:
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… “With its notes of better times, its military-sounding drums and its crashing cymbals, the music echoes the experience of Leningrad’s devastating hardships. But its melodious woodwinds and gentle strings also take a listener beyond the immediate horrors faced by those within the city.
And then finally, a crescendo of brass and percussion recreates a mind-set of a people so resolute their refusal to surrender has gone down as one of history’s great battles.
Seventy years on, the work has lost none of its power. It may be performed well out of its original context today but it nevertheless reminds us of the indomitable human spirit.” …