Thursday 18th January 2018

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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Shostakovich - Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No.1
Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

Sir Mark Elder

Alisa Weilerstein, cello
James Platt, bass

Much of Shostakovich’s extraordinary output was profoundly marked by politics and the judgements of censors. The composer was on relatively safe ground when he wrote his Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Russian poet’s death. Nevertheless, the first song, ‘Rebirth’, makes Pushkin’s battles with the critics very much the composer’s own. There are strong links between the songs and Shostakovich’s monumental Fifth Symphony, one of the greatest and most powerful of twentieth-century orchestral works. The great American cellist Alisa Weilerstein performed Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto in 2015 and now returns to perform its ground-breaking predecessor, one of the highlights of the entire cello repertoire.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Please visit the BBC Radio 3 website for more details.

(Image credits: Benjamin Ealovega; Decca-Harald-Hoffmann; Askonas Holt; Deutsche Fotothek)

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