Schubert and Shostakovich

Saturday 16th January, 7.00pm


  • Omer Meir Wellber – Conductor


  • Schubert – Symphony No. 3, 25′
    Shostakovich – Symphony No. 6, 30′

Shostakovich’s Sixth is a kaleidoscopic half-hour adventure of a Symphony that opens with a brooding, sprawling crescendo – before cartwheeling to its vibrant conclusion through bouyant Allegro and Presto movements. In this two-piece concert without interval, it’s the ideal finale to Schubert’s charming Third Symphony, and the perfect tonic for a surely chilly mid-January evening.


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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “It’s a pity, because aurally this was a zestful, detailed, dramatic account of Schubert’s Haydnesque symphony, perhaps investing it with more significance than it deserves, but certainly making a memorable impression.

The Shostakovich was well-characterised right from the richness of its lower-strings opening, building up momentum as the movements unfolded, up to the empty clamour of the finale, crisp and cheeky from the CBSO.

I have two abiding memories of this performance: the despairing desolation of Andrew Lane’s piccolo solos; but also the irritation of so much prancing around from the conductor. And did he really have to go scrambling through the orchestra at the end to congratulate practically everybody? Even Simon Rattle did that only but rarely; but then he had nothing to prove.”


One thought on “Schubert and Shostakovich

  1. Derek Hunt says:

    Hello Azurite,

    I feel Christopher Morley was harsh on Omer Wellber in his review. He may have been trying too hard to gain favour in this special situation, however, he was energetic, had real enthusiasm and gave clear direction.

    Best regards, Derek

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