Shostakovich Plus: Meta4 String Quartet


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Fri 10 Nov 2017 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

OLLI MUSTONEN Piano Quintet (UK premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G minor

Meta4 String Quartet
Alasdair Beatson piano

Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions)
NB Unallocated seating

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Part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys

Part of the 2017/18 season

Our autumn series of Lunchtime Concerts is dedicated to Shostakovich's chamber works, complementing Gianandrea Noseda's symphony cycle with the LSO.

Shostakovich achieved great acclaim with his Piano Quintet, winning the Stalin Prize and 100,000 rubles. The work is an early and traditional example of his chamber music – a descendant of similar works by his predecessors Schumann and Brahms.

It was written for the Beethoven Quartet and the composer himself – a pianist – to perform together; they premiered it in 1940 in Moscow. Shostakovich reportedly played the fast passages very quickly indeed: ‘Let's play it fast, otherwise the audience will get bored … you see my metronome at home is out of order, so pay no attention to what I wrote.’


This concert will be recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

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Also in this series:

Sunday 8 Apr 2018:
Shostakovich Symphony No 8

Sunday 24 Jun 2018:
Shostakovich Symphony No 10