Shostakovich’s Defiant Response


Thursday 19th September 2019 - Wednesday 25th September 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14.50, Under 30s and £5.50 student discount available (including booking fees)

Thursday 19 September 2019 - 7.30pm
Sunday 22 September 2019 - 4pm
Wednesday 25 September 2019 - 2.15pm

Approximate running time = 120 minutes

Beethoven - Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

Klaus Mäkelä

Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

Beethoven’s exhilarating overture to his only ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, starts the season and heralds Hallé debuts by two young Nordic artists. Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä may only be 23, but he’s already Chief Conductor Designate of the Oslo Philharmonic, while Víkingur Ólafsson has been described by the New York Times as ‘Iceland’s Glen Gould’. He plays Beethoven’s youthful, ambitious First Piano Concerto. After a savage, very public, dressing down by Stalin, Shostakovich responded with his Mahlerian Fifth Symphony. Superficially a traditional symphonic journey from tragedy to triumph, in reality it’s a work of subtle, undercover ironic defiance with hidden references known only to Shostakovich, as if he is saying ‘don’t you dare tell me what to write’.

Download or listen to our Shostakovich Fifth Symphony album on Apple Music or Spotify:

Shostakovich Symphony No.5; Four Romances by Pushkin – album

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