London Philharmonic Orchestra: A Matter Of Life And Death

Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony ‘a Soviet artist’s creative response to justified criticism’. Well, that was the official line. Like everything in Stalin’s Russia, the reality was a bit more complicated and the music a lot more gripping. Conductor Thomas Søndergård brings all his trademark energy to a symphony that defined the 20th century – music that really was a matter of life and death. It’s the ideal companion piece for the atmospheric Violin Concerto by Andrzej Panufnik, the post-war Polish master who found refuge in the UK, and the rich Nordic colours of Sibelius’s rarely performed evocation of a doomed romance, far away and long ago. Please note: the value of the seat allocated will be between £19-£46. Being reseated into higher priced seats is not a guarantee, and will be done at the box office’s discretion subject to availability on the night.


Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

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