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Alsop conducts Britten and Shostakovich

Royal Festival Hall
£13 — £65
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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.

Conductor Marin Alsop in performance.

Artists

Marin Alsop – conductor
Arabella Steinbacher – violin

Programme

Jessie Montgomery Strum Listen

Britten Violin Concerto Listen

— Interval —

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Listen

Marin Alsop’s programme showcases the versatility of the Philharmonia’s musicians.

The swirling, folk-inflected melodies of Jessie Montgomery’s Strum contrast with two pieces composed under the shadow of war and oppression.

A committed pacifist, Benjamin Britten moved to the United States in 1939 to escape the conflict in Europe and the ordeal of keeping his sexuality hidden. It was there, in a new environment of creativity, friendship and acceptance, that he composed his Violin Concerto. Arabella Steinbacher brings her expertise in 20th-century repertoire, and her “finely polished technique and… beautifully varied palette of timbres” (The New York Times) to this expressive and emotionally complex work.

The possible hidden meanings within Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, composed under political pressure from Stalin’s regime, have long fascinated listeners. There are generous helpings of spectacle along the road to the symphony’s triumphant ending – but is the triumph genuine or ironic? In the midst of the Soviet heroism and drama lies the hushed, almost religious contemplation of the third movement, the tender heart of the symphony that moved the audience to tears at its 1937 premiere.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running time:

1h 55 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the concert

Woman and man in a panel discussion.

Insights talk

Thursday 19 May, 6pm, The Clore Ballroom

Professor Natasha Loges delves into this evening’s programme.

Venue

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

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