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Shostakovich, Bartók & Tavener

 23 July 2014 at 6.30pm 

Shostakovich, Bartók & Tavener

Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Michael Cox alto-flute
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Isabelle Faust violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Isabelle Faust’s association with Bartók extends back to her very first recording. Now, fresh from an acclaimed disc of both the composer’s violin concertos, she joins the BBC SO and Conductor Laureate Jiří Bělohlávek for Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. Written under the threat of Fascism, it’s a passionate national statement, lively with folk rhythms.

By the early 1950s and Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony, threat had become reality. This violent, despairing work paints a vivid portrait ofthe horrors of Stalin’s Russia. The evening opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season from the late John Tavener – some of the last works from England’s great musical mystic.

John Tavener : Gnosis
Béla Bartók : Violin Concerto No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No. 10 in E minor

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