Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony


Thursday 16th February 2023

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets (including fees) from £15.50 to £46; Under 30s and full-time student discount available

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Thursday 16 February 2023 - 7.30pm

Tuning Up event 6.30pm in the auditorium - free to concert ticket holders
Kahchun Wong discusses this evening’s programme

Sofia Gubaidulina - The Wrath of God UK PREMIERE
Britten - Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

Kahchun Wong

Ian Bostridge, tenor
Laurence Rogers, horn
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Another new Hallé visitor, the Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong, is Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. With the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s The Wrath of God, the Hallé follows up celebrating her 90th birthday last season. Dedicated to ‘The Great Beethoven’, this brass-dominated work was described enthusiastically by the Wiener Zeitung, ‘as if Gubaidulina has let the trumpets of Jericho sound.’ In Britten’s Serenade, matching tenor and horn was an inspired choice for his spellbinding, elegiac settings of English nocturnal poems. Joining Ian Bostridge to perform them is the Hallé’s own Laurence Rogers. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was, supposedly, ‘A Soviet artist’s response to just criticism’. Now it’s known that in this Mahlerian symphony, Shostakovich composed a work of defiance so subtle that no-one realised.

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