Petrenko conducts Shostakovich

Sunday 10 May 2015, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

Concert

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Mark Padmore tenor
Katy Woolley horn

The two completed movements of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony ushered in the Romantic style, which can be heard resonating in Britten’s hauntingly beautiful song cycle. Shostakovich had effectively been backed into a corner by Stalin’s cultural watchdogs when he produced his all-conquering Fifth Symphony as an ‘artist’s response to just criticism.’

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