Järvi conducts Russian masterworks

Thursday 12 Jun 2014, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

Concert

Paavo Järvi conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Paavo Järvi conducts an all-Russian programme including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. It seems there was no escaping the censorious spotlight of Stalin’s cultural watchdogs. Shostakovich had effectively been backed into a corner when he produced his all-conquering Fifth Symphony as an ‘artist’s response to just criticism’. Even Rachmaninov, then living in America, wasn’t spared when in the 1930s he was declared ‘an enemy of Russia’ and his music outlawed.

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