Event Cancelled: Shostakovich 'Babi Yar'


Noseda: Russian Roots

Sun 8 Nov 2020 7.00pm - 9.05pm
Barbican Hall, London

George Stevenson New work (world premiere)*
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3
Shostakovich Symphony No 13, ‘Babi Yar’

Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Simon Trpčeski piano
Alexander Vinogradov bass
Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director

Part of the 2020/21 Season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

* Commissioned through the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust

Concert supported by LSO Patrons

Shostakovich’s ‘Babi Yar’ symphony is one of the most original and devastating masterpieces of 20th-century music. Gianandrea Noseda conducts it tonight.

‘No monument stands over Babi Yar / A drop sheer as a coarse gravestone / I am afraid …’ Shostakovich speaks an uncompromising truth to power, in a symphony made up of death-haunted poems set to music that burns with rage and aches with sorrow.

Gianandrea Noseda directs the men of the London Symphony Chorus, as well as the Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov – ‘a rare find’, in the words of one critic. First, though, he joins Macedonian piano virtuoso Simon Trpčeski for a splash of sunlight, in Prokofiev’s sparkling and songful Third Concerto. And he puts down a marker for the future, with a new orchestral work by George Stevenson, a rising British star of the LSO’s Panufnik Composers Scheme.