Sunday 10 May 2015, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Vasily Petrenko conductor

Mark Padmore tenor

Katy Woolley horn

Schubert Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings


Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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.’