Thursday 18th January 2018

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

From £13.50 (inc. booking fees); £5 student offer available

Concert begins at 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.35pm

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.

Pre-concert event 6:30pmat The Bridgewater Hall auditorium, free to concert ticket holders

Sir Mark Elder is joined by long time Hallé collaborator and composer, Gerard McBurney as they discuss the evening’s all-Shostakovich programme, touching on the influence of literature and external influences on Shostakovich’s work.

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

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