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Basingstoke: Santtu conducts Shostakovich & Prokofiev

The Anvil, Basingstoke
£17 – £45
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Nemanja Radulovic holding violin and looking into the camera smiling, in the outdoors


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Nemanja Radulović – violin


Prokofiev Symphony No. 1, 'Classical'

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1

— Interval —

Shostakovich Symphony No. 1

Our Principal Conductor and Featured Artist join forces for an evening of 20th century classics.

Charismatic violinist Nemanja Radulović brings his ‘energy and firepower’ (Gramophone) to the Anvil stage in Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. Met with disapproval by the Soviet authorities, the piece did not receive its premiere until after Stalin’s death. The anguish Shostakovich must have felt at being repressed is heard in the painfully beautiful, yearning unaccompanied third movement, which leads straight into the wild finale.

Music from a student Shostakovich completes this evening’s programme. Shostakovich was just 19 years old when we wrote his graduation piece at the Petrograd Conservatory. But don’t be fooled by his young age: already, we hear the composer’s distinctive voice and style in one of his finest works.

First, we hear Prokofiev’s “happy and uncomplicated”, Mozart-inspired Symphony No. 1. Light-hearted and filled with dances, it’s the perfect way to open the programme.

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Prices & Discounts

£17 – £45

Group discounts available; under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

Running time

1 hr 45 mins, including an interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Anvil Arts Box Office: 01256 844244


The Anvil, Basingstoke

The Anvil

Churchill Way
RG21 7QR

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