Barbican Concerts

Ivan the Terrible

Sun 3 Apr 2011 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London

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Xian Zhang

Xian Zhang

Xian Zhang

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 1
PROKOFIEV Ivan the Terrible – oratorio

Xian Zhang conductor
Leila Josefowicz
violin
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Alexei Tanovitsky bass
Robert Heap narrator
London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

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Prokofiev will dominate in this concert featuring Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz. His First Violin Concerto was composed amid the whirlwind events of the Russian Revolution in 1917: it radiates hope and dashing energy. Optimism had turned to grim despair by 1942, when he composed music for Eisenstein’s film Ivan the Terrible. The fearsome, paranoid despot from Russia’s past seemed to prefigure Stalin’s iron rule, and the film was soon banned.

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