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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Shostakovich Speaks Out

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Southbank Centre, South Bank

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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Shostakovich Speaks Out

Heartbreaking symphony critical of Stalinist Russia

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich found himself able to speak out once more when the Stalinist regime came to an end. Symphony No. 13 is performed tonight, a fraught piece of work that depicts the mass murder by Nazis of the Jews at Babi Yar, near Kiev. In conversation with the poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, this is a heart rendering song cycle that is still an overwhelmingly outspoken piece of music. Alternating between the stark to the warm, the defiant to the tragically ironic, this masterpiece is one of the composer's most significant and personal works. Seating allocated by arrival. Latecomers may not be admitted.

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