Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony


Thursday 15th March 2018

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

From £14 (inc. booking fees); £5.50 student offer available

Concert begins at 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.30pm

Bach - Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Mendelssohn - Psalm 114
Shostakovich - Symphony No.8

Sir Mark Elder

Charles Owen, piano

Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir

‘A class above the rest’ was how International Piano recently described Charles Owen. Tonight he brings his unique spontaneity and skills of interpretation to bear on Bach’s majestic D minor concerto. Both Mendelssohn and Shostakovich were huge admirers of Bach, and much of Mendelssohn’s music, including his great psalm settings, reflects the Baroque master’s influence. Shostakovich’s massive Eighth Symphony was composed during the Second World War and, as his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk had done, landed him in political trouble. In typically cryptic fashion, Shostakovich himself summed up its message in just three words, ‘life is beautiful’, though it is infinitely more complex and dramatic than those words suggest. It ends with just a faint breath of optimism – not enough for the Soviet authorities who wanted a triumphant war symphony instead.

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

(Image credits: Benjamin Ealovega; John Batten; The Hallé)

After the end of tomorrow’s concert on Thursday 15 March, our guest pianist Charles Owen will be signing copies of his CDs in the stalls foyer. Charles’s CDs will be available to purchase in The Bridgewater Hall shop before the concert and during the interval.

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